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Ronda Rousey reacts after losing her women's bantamweight championship mixed martial arts bout with Amanda Nunes at UFC 207, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Ronda Rousey lost her first UFC fight in over a year in just 48 seconds


Ronda Rousey was one of the most explosive athletes on the planet in 2015. She put women's MMA on the map. She transcended the sport and appeared in everything from Sports Illustrated to Hollywood blockbusters. 

Last night, she lost her second consecutive fight. This one lasted just 48 seconds. 

UFC 207 was touted as Rousey's return. Women's bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes, Rousey's opponent, barely even appeared in the promotional material. Now she'll be forever remembered for being the woman who destroyed the fighter who started it all. 

How it (Rousey) went down

The main event of UFC 207 was a one-sided slugfest. Both Rousey and Nunes stood and struck without ever truly attempting a take down. And that's where many watching thought Rousey went wrong. Famous for submitting her opponents via arm bar, "Rowdy" Ronda instead tried to box with Nunes, a known knockout artist. 

Nunes wasn't surprised, however.

"The whole time I know it was going to be like this, and I trained like that, like a lioness," said Nunes in the post-fight press conference.

But why did Rousey choose to strike? Well, Nunes knew the answer to that question too.

"Her boxing coach told her she's a good striker," said Nunes in the post-fight presser. Evidently, that wasn't the case. 

The champion even walked over to Rousey's corner after the fight to let said coach, Edmond Taverdyan, know exactly what she thought of his team's strategy. 

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Nunes's first post-fight tweet. 

Rousey's mentality 

Rousey had taken a year off from MMA. And in that time, much was made about where she was mentally. Some fighters after losing have never quite looked the same (Tyson after Douglas, etc.) and some thought that a combination of suffering her first loss, and taking so much time off, would mean Rousey wouldn't be all there on fight night. 

She seems to have proven those skeptics right. Once Nunes's strikes started landing, Rousey didn't look like she had any sort of plan. 

One can only wonder where her head is now - and where her career stands.

Rousey didn't stay long in the ring after Nunes was announced winner and didn't present herself to the media in the post-fight press conference. MMAFighting.com correspondent Ariel Helwani tweeted out that he had been told that Rousey was "hurt emotionally" after the fight. 

Rousey's path forward isn't clear. If she was rattled by one loss, how now will she handle losing twice, the second time in under a minute? 

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Some online celebrated Rousey's loss. Others chose to celebrate her contribution to the sport.

A star is born

Elsewhere on the main card, Cody Garbrandt and Dominick Cruz put on a performance for the ages, with the wily young gun defeating arguably the greatest bantamweight of all time to become the division champion.  

The fight went a full five rounds and Garbrandt looked every bit up to the task, tagging Cruz with solid hits. He didn't get the knockout he promised, but by the final round, it was apparent that the Team Alpha Male member was on his way to snapping Cruz's win streak against the team. 

WATCH | Dominick Cruz stands during the post-fight press conference and takes his loss "like a man"

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