Ronda Rousey’s comeback fight keeps coming and going until nobody really knows if she’s ever going to step into the Octagon once again. The latest update to the story is that the goal is for her to compete in New York this November, but it’s been pushed back once more.
At least this time it’s no longer a question if she’s ever going to fight again. The reason for moving the schedule to early 2017 is due to a knee surgery she’s undergone 2 months ago, but the chances of seeing Ronda Rousey again in MMA are high.
At this point, it doesn’t really matter anymore, at least that’s what UFC fighter Julianna Pena believes.
“She’s broken a little bit and I just think that no one really cares about Ronda Rousey and her fat arms anymore.” Juliana Pena said, according to a report by Fox Sports.
“But I guess some people do so I guess Amanda’s going to wait for that title fight and we’ll see how that goes.”
Aside from Pena, Amanda Nunes too has been waiting for Ronda Rousey’s return. The new UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion defeated former Rousey rival Miesha Tate to earn the title, and has made it publicly known that she wants to defend it against the “Rowdy” one.
Both fighters understandably want to prove to the world that they are the best, and they don’t lack the confidence in winning, even downplaying Rousey’s ability to bounce back.
Despite Ronda Rousey’s embarrassing defeat against Holly Holm she’s still by far the most dominant active fighter in the UFC. She’s only suffered her first loss, which is always difficult for any athlete. She’s won 12 consecutive MMA fights where eleven of those were ended in the first round.
If she can gather her resolve and make a successful comeback fight, experts believe she can dominate the UFC again.
In spite of her long absence after losing to Holly Holm, her name still remains relevant contrary to Julianna Pena’s claims.
In fact, Rousey’s name keeps getting brought up in the Rio 2016 Olympics, as her former sparring partner Kayla Harrison wins gold in Judo for the U.S.
Winning an Olympic gold twice, Kayla Harrison regularly tackles questions about Rousey, and she too admitted her influence and wants to follow her career path.
More importantly, Ronda Rousey’s influence goes beyond sports, and touches on vital issues in society such a her stance on body shaming.
According to a report by Yahoo Sports, American freestyle wrestler Adeline Gray said, “I think there is a beauty standard that is growing that healthy is now strong, not just skinny.”
“The whole movement now, I think Ronda was a huge part of it. MMA embracing [women in] combat spots has been very progressive from the standpoint of allowing women to be of a more muscular build and have that hard work show and have it be appreciated”
Inside the Octagon and beyond, it is clear that Ronda Rousey influence is much bigger than Amanda Nunes or Julianna Pena care to accept.
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