New UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes says she never expected her fight against Miesha Tate would end in a first round knockout at their UFC 200 main event.
The title has changed hands a number of times recently. Ronda Rousey was beaten by Holly Holm at UFC 193 in November, then lost the title to Tate at UFC 196 in March, who in turn lost it to Nunes.
In an interview with Yahoo’s SportsDash, Nunes reflected on lifting the title.
“I didn’t expect it to end in the first round but I did expect to finish the fight,” said Nunes.
“I’m happy it finished in the first round but I was surprised because Miesha Tate is very tough.”
The 28-year-old said though there was no indication as to when or if former champion Rousey would enter the Octagon again, she would love to get a chance to fight her.
“I expect Ronda Rousey,” Nunes said when asked who she would like to fight next, but added due to the uncertainty of the bantamweight division she had no idea who her next opponent will be.
“I don’t know who exactly but I’ll be ready for it. I just can’t wait to get back in the cage.”
Nunes, who is the first openly gay titleholder in UFC history, will train with her girlfriend Nina Ansaroff who competes in the UFC women’s strawweight division.
“Nina is an amazing partner and we do everything together,” she added. “She cooks for me, takes care of me and we train together. She is one of the many training partners we have in the gym.”