(LAS VEGAS)— Ronda Rousey climbed on the scale and glared into the distance while the crowd roared. Moments later, she directed that withering gaze at UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes, who stared right back.
Rousey then left the stage at T-Mobile Arena on Thursday without a word to Nunes or the thousands of fans gathered largely to support her at the weigh-in on the eve of UFC 207.
Rousey (12-1) was arguably the most dominant mixed martial arts fighter in the young sport’s history until she lost her belt 13 months ago in a stunning knockout. After devoting a year to getting back on top, Rousey is determined to earn her redemption Friday night with her skills, not her words.
Her comeback fight against Nunes (13-4) is the main event in the UFC’s traditional end-of-the-year show in its hometown, and few events in the promotion’s blockbuster 2016 have been more anticipated.
Nobody is certain which Rousey will show up in the cage.
Will it be the confident judo genius who thrashed a series of overmatched opponents while blazing a trail into the mainstream for women’s MMA and the UFC in general?