What's next for Rousey, Cruz following UFC 207 defeat?






LAS VEGAS >> Quick jabs the day after an amazing UFC 207 at T-Mobile Arena. …

• This sport never ceases to amaze. Raise your hand if you had Ronda Rousey and Dominick Cruz losing Friday night.

• Rousey might be done, but love her or hate her, she is an icon. No disputing what she did for MMA, the UFC, women’s MMA and women’s sports.

• From people we’ve talked to, Rousey is despondent, but handling this loss better than her KO loss to Holm last year when she admitted to having fleeting suicidal thoughts.

• Still left unanswered, and maybe it never will be, is why Rousey chose to stand and trade leather with Amanda Nunes, who is regarded as the hardest hitter in the division. Was that actually the game plan? Or did Rousey get hit and — a la the Holm fight — panic?

• Nunes, the UFC’s first openly gay champion, looks like she will be a dominant champion and she is a great story. Here’s hoping more people get to hear it.

• Looks like the winner of the UFC on Fox 23 main event between No. 2 Valentina Shevchenko and No. 3 Julianna Pena on Jan. 28 will get the next crack at Nunes.

• Still stunned at what Garbrandt was able to do to Cruz. His ability to hit Cruz and last five rounds with him were major questions. He answered both loudly and clearly to win the bantamweight belt.

• Garbrandt has a heck of a case for fighter of the year. He started 2016 unranked, racked up three first-round knockouts, and beat Cruz at his game to win UFC gold. Very…

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