Ronda Rousey’s last fight was her shocking loss to Holly Holm, but she returns to the ring soon: UFC 207 is Friday. It’s good to have her back.
When you’re fighting the Ronda Rousey—even when she’s coming off of a career-deflating loss—you have to get creative with your preparation, or you’re sure to get eaten alive.
Well, Amanda Nunes, Rousey’s opponent, certainly got creative. She rolled up to the weigh-in wearing a lion mask. *DJ Khaled voice* LIIOOONNN!
So, what is she trying to say—she’ll be king of the jungle Friday? There is some reasoning behind the symbol, as Nunes’ nickname is “Lionness.”
The origin story, via MMA Fighting: “I was the only woman in the gym, and I was tough, so they decided to call me ‘leoa’ (lioness, in Portuguese). And people liked it.”
Nunes walks out at ceremonial weigh ins in legit lion mask. Weirdly, I went from "eh, I don't know," to "badass," in a span of 10 seconds.— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) December 29, 2016
Rousey didn’t speak during the ceremonial stare-down.
It’s still weird to see Rousey referred to as the “former champ.” She seems relaxed heading into her return.
Nunes, at 13-4, is a formidable opponent, but Rousey is still the favorite in Vegas.
The Nunes-Rousey fight is the last of the night, and it’s scheduled to begin at 11 p.m.