Ronda Rousey ‘s loss to Holly Holm was unexpected and so devastating it may still have played a role in her recent loss to Amanda Nunes. She just never seemed like her old self from start to finish.
MMA experts felt Ronda Rousey should have acclimatized herself first before engaging a fighter of Amanda Nunes ‘ caliber. One or two warm up fights would have been great prior to vying for a title match.
Instead, Rowdy got handled well, beaten to the punch each time at their UFC 207 showdown. It became clear that Ronda Rousey had not developed her striking skills enough to hang against Amanda Nunes.
Nevertheless, Ronda will still be remembered for her contributions to MMA. Fans won’t recall her bloody-faced or knocked out. She will continue to inspire fighters, empower women in the fight sport for her achievements.
“Rousey will forever be seen as a trailblazer,” according to a report by ESPN. “She had instantaneous celebrity and carried women’s MMA into the mainstream. Rousey demolished a carousel of title challengers in seconds, not rounds. It didn’t matter if it was on home soil in Southern California or against a Brazilian in Rio de Janeiro, arenas erupted at every stage of her fight weekend.”
Another comeback fight for Ronda Rousey?
Prior to her return against Amanda Nunes, Ronda Rousey was heavily expected to reclaim her title. A loss against Nunes was unthinkable. But by now, there’s still a 50/50 chance Rowdy will fight on.
“She’s in a great place. She has an amazing support system around her, truly,” Nutritionist Mike Dolce said in a report by BloodyElbow. “I think she’s at an excellent point in her life. And this is my personal opinion, what happened in Australia against Holly, that was like a death. It was the death — and she had said — of who she wanted to be and what she wanted to be.”
“She did everything and had every opportunity to be perfectly prepared, and she was for this fight. Kudos have to go to Amanda Nunes for putting on an amazing performance and going out there and getting the win over Ronda Rousey, who was well-prepared.”
But Rowdy turned out ill prepared with her striking ability. She practically lost to a similar strategy employed by Holly Holm. Now, some experts question how good she really was, to begin with.
“I wouldn’t be surprised either way. I want to make sure that’s contextual. If she says, ‘I want to be back on Super Bowl weekend or the July 4th card,’ I would not be surprised in the slightest. If she says, ‘I’ve done my thing in MMA, I’m gonna retire as a legend in the sport, specifically for WMMA,’ I wouldn’t be surprised, either. I truly think it’s 50-50 right now,” Dolce added.
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