KNOCKOUT: Rousey was defeated in less than 48 seconds

THIS is the explosive moment Ronda Rousey was pummelled by Amanda Nunes in a humbling defeat in 48 seconds.

Rousey had hoped for a glorious return to UFC having taken a year out after her knockout defeat to Holly Holm in November last year. 

But the former bantamweight champion was outclassed by an in form Nunes – nicknamed Leoa (meaning Lioness in Portuguese), who landed a series of devastating blows within the first minute.

From the off the Brazillian wrecking machine dominated, pounding Rousey's face in the UFC 207 main event in LA. 

Meanwhile, Rousey struggled to land a single blow, allowing Nunes to land 23 of the 35 punches and kicks she launched. 

Ronda Rousey's return to the UFC lasted just 48 seconds as she suffered defeat by 'the lioness' Amanda Nunes in Las Vegas

Ronda Rousey's return to the UFC lasted just 48 seconds as she suffered defeat by 'the lioness' Amanda Nunes in Las Vegas

With Rousey overwhelmed, referee Herb Dean had no choice but to call time on the bout.

Nunes said after the fight: "I knew I was going to beat the s*** out of Ronda Rousey. Now I proved to everyone that I'm the best in the world.

"This is my moment. She has had her time, she did a lot for the sport. But right now I am the champion."

Nunes retained her women’s bantamweight championship after taking it from Miesha Tate at UFC 200.

Rousey is said to be absolutely distraught with her loss to Amanda Nunes, according to UFC president Dana White

The embarrassing loss will spark rumours Rousey may consider retiring from the sport.

Nunes added: "Now she's going to retire and she's going to go do movies, she already has a lot of money. In this division, we have a lot of talent."

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