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Amanda Nunes 'saw fear' in Ronda Rousey's eyes at UFC 207

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UFC women’s bantamweight champion, Amanda Nunes, talks about the moment she knew she would defeat Ronda Rousey.

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The undisputed UFC women’s bantamweight champion, Amanda Nunes, felt Ronda Rousey had the wrong gameplan going into their short title fight back at UFC 207. As Nunes explained to Combate, Ronda should not have tried to exchange strikes with her, as she could see the fear in Ronda's eyes.

"I knew wanted to strike with me,” Nunes said. “I think she did it because of her ego, but it was a completely mistaken gameplan, to face someone like me like that. When I landed the first shot, I felt she was done. Her eyes showed me that. I saw fear. She was afraid I would connect again, because the first shot was just a jab."

Although she only needed 48 seconds to TKO the former champion, Amanda believes Rousey can still be a force in MMA, provided she switches gyms.

"I've been through a moment like this in my career,” Nunes said. “Losing is really hard, but if you're strong, you can bounce back like I did. Make some adjustments, change your training routine, go to a new team. Her passion for her life and her family need to be with her. That's very important.

As for her next step, Amanda has only one thought in her mind. Becoming a two-division champion.

"My next step is to go up a weight class and chase the featherweight belt."

Amanda Nunes defeated Ronda Rousey by TKO at UFC 207, on December 30, in Las Vegas. The inaugural UFC women’s featherweight title will be disputed by former bantamweight champion Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie, at UFC 208, on February 11th in Brooklyn, New York.