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Posted by on 2017/01/31 · Comments: 00 · Filed under: News, Opinion

Amanda Nunes took to Instagram apologizing to Ronda Rousey, a month after their bout at UFC 207.

Following the fight, Nunes could not be silenced. The bantamweight champion mocked Rousey’s coach, Edmond Tarverdyan and the MMA star all over social media. However, it now looks like Nunes has hit the humble road, not only apologizing to Rousey for her actions, but also to the fans and the UFC.

“Let me take a moment to explain myself,” Nunes wrote. “I was overwhelmed with adrenaline, emotion and hurt at the time. I held so much in during the weeks prior to my fight with Ronda. I might have said or posted some things at the time that I now realize was not the right thing to do. I want to apologize to Ronda. Her fans and mine and the UFC as well. Ronda is an amazing athlete and has done so much for this sport, especially for the women.”

 

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This makes me a bigger fan of the Lioness. I don’t care what anyone wants to say, one thing I will never tolerate as a journalist, is disrespect towards Ronda Rousey. You could hate the former champion all you want, but if it weren’t for the “Rowdy” one, women would not be fighting in the UFC. Period.

Now don’t get me wrong, I want to see Nunes reign for as long as she wants to keep fighting. She will easily go down in history as one of the greatest bantamweights of the era; taking out two legends, in Drake fashion, back-to-back. But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t among the many who didn’t take a liking to the new champ.

I didn’t enjoy the social media memes and I did not enjoy her telling the world to “forget about Ronda Rousey,” after destroying her in 48 seconds. After reading her post however, I could understand where the feelings stemmed from. I think what’s most exciting about this all, is no matter how much success and fame Nunes gains, she’s able to humble herself enough to show respect for the one who paved the way.

Class act. Thank you, Amanda Nunes.

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