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Ronda Rousey turns philosophical, reminds us of Joyce Carol Oates

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Ronda Rousey, Photo courtesy: Mike_Fagan_13/Flickr
Ronda Rousey turns philosophical, Joyce Carol Oates, Holly Holm, Miesha Tate

Ronda Rousey has gone down deep since her first and only loss in the UFC to Holly Holm. She got clearly out-boxed when they fought, and she had no answer to her opponent’s boxing and movement ‘til she got rocked and finally knocked out with a high kick to the neck.

We’ve never really heard any concrete news since she lost; except for her interview with Ellen DeGeneres, photo-shoots here, and some appearances elsewhere that involve her budding acting career.

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The UFC Women’s Bantamweight belt has been changing hands too, and she’s the only woman to have defended that title.

It’s no surprise that Ronda Rousey has finally come out to talk about MMA with a philosophical touch. After all, it must have been real hard coping with her first loss, and it’s no secret she’s been doing a lot of soul-searching having contemplated on taking her own life.

Is she taking a page from Joyce Carol Oates’ On Boxing when she talked about MMA and controlled violence?

According to a report by ESPN Ronda Rousey said, “I think a lot of people that are ignorant about [MMA] think that it promotes violence when it really is the most responsible outlet for it,” Rousey said.

“It’s a human instinct to fight, and if you try to suppress it entirely and put everyone in a bubble-wrapped society, that’s when people end up going nuts and shooting movie theaters.”

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Somehow her interview for The Hurt Business reminds us of Joyce Carol Oates and her thoughts on Boxing, describing it as ”an act of consummate self-determination – the constant re-establishment of the parameters of one’s being.”

Boxing is primitive ”as birth, death, and erotic love might be said to be primitive, and forces our reluctant acknowledgment that the most profound experiences of our lives are physical events – though we believe ourselves to be, and surely are, essentially spiritual beings.”

Speaking of fighting instinct, her boyfriend, UFC’s heavyweight contender Travis Browne said he “feels bad for whoever’s next against Rousey” as reported by SB Nation.

He pointed out that when she’s ready (at least we can now say she’s not retiring) toward the early part of next year, her opponent is going to be “toast.”

How much she changes her style leaves us intrigued, and we hope she’s given it much thought too, with depth similar to Joyce Carol Oates thoughts. She needs to develop her striking if she’s contemplating a rematch with Holly Holm.

Ronda Rousey remains the most dominant athlete, and few doubt her ability to come back strong.

Is Julianna Pena next? Amanda Nunes, Miesha Tate, Valentina Shevchenko…

We just want to know whom she’s fighting next and when.

Photo courtesy: Mike_Fagan_13/Flickr

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