Ronda Rousey is stopped 48 seconds into comeback at UFC 207

Amanda Nunes, left, celebrates her win as Ronda Rousey stands at right, after their women's bantamweight championship mixed martial arts bout was stopped in the first round at UFC 207, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

LAS VEGAS (AP/KSNV) - The return of former UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey didn’t last long.

Rousey was stopped 48 seconds into her comeback fight Friday night, losing to bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 207.

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Rousey (12-2) returned from a 13-month absence and never managed to get her footing against Nunes (14-4), who rocked Rousey with her very first punches.

Nunes pounded on the former champ for the next 38 seconds, and after 48 seconds, the standing-room-only crowd of over 19,000 at T-Mobile Arena may have witnessed the end of an era.

Rousey staggered and stumbled backward while Nunes relentlessly pursued her and landed multiple shots. Referee Herb Dean stopped the bout with Rousey still on her feet, and Rousey briefly protested the stoppage before leaving the cage in her mother's arms.

Cody Garbrandt also won the men's bantamweight title in the penultimate bout, battering champion Dominick Cruz to earn a surprising decision victory at T-Mobile Arena in the UFC's traditional end-of-the-year show in its hometown.

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