When Ronda Rousey stormed off stage following a staredown with her UFC 207 opponent Amanda Nunes at the UFC 205 ceremonial weigh-in at Madison Square Garden on Friday night, many fans were left wondering if something wasn’t quite right between Rousey and UFC president Dana White.
Rousey had marched out to face Nunes with a sullen demeanour, something that ‘The Rowdy’ one maintained throughout her brief appearance. This is not particularly unusual for a fighter in such circumstances, especially not the intense Rousey, but when it was combined with the fact that she seemed to pull herself forcefully away from the grasp of White before exiting the stage, it raised a few eyebrows.
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However, White has since explained why the former women’s bantamweight champion left in such a hurry and without partaking in an interview with Joe Rogan, like Nunes did.
“First of all, she was never supposed to speak, and neither was Amanda, my production guys screwed that thing up,” White told members of the media gathered at the UFC 205 post-fight press conference on Saturday night(via MMAMania). “It made Ronda look bad again, like she just stormed off and didn’t want to; she wasn’t supposed to do an interview. They were supposed to go up there and square off and they were supposed to both walk away.”
“What I was doing, so they squared off, and I was getting them to face forward and I was waiting for someone to bring Amanda’s belt, you know how we do that? So you guys can take pictures of the, moving forward.”
“So I grab [Rousey], and I turn around and Rogan is interviewing [Nunes]. I was trying to get them to stand forward and someone bring Amanda her belt. Hey we’re not perfect all the time. Our team, coming into this event, we made a lot of mistakes I’m not happy about. It’s not stuff you would notice, but, I try to be perfect but it didn’t work out.”
Rousey will attempt to regain the strap that she lost to Holly Holm last November in Melbourne, Australia, when she takes on new titleholder Nunes at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on December 30th. It will be the 29-year-old star’s first bout since that violent KO defeat to Holm one year ago.
Nunes won the bantamweight title from Holm’s conqueror Miesha Tate at UFC 200 in July, choking Tate into submission in the opening round. The fight against Rousey will be a first defence for the Brazilian, who is riding an impressive four-fight winning-streak.