Ronda Rousey was so badly beaten by Holly Holm when they fought at the UFC 193 last November that it opened up a soft, sensitive side of her. She said she got hurt right at the outset by Holm’s punches, and later admitted in the Ellen DeGeneres show that she felt so embarrassed.
Too embarrassed, in fact, that Ronda Rousey wanted to kill herself.
The idea of an immediate rematch appealed greatly to the fans but was quickly quelled by fears of her depression and despair. She has not fought anyone since, and nobody knows for sure when she’s coming back.
It was initially rumored that Ronda Rousey would be back for UFC 200 this month, but stories now point for later in the year, or 2017. Her opponent Holly Holm has since fought and lost to Miesha Tate, but harbors no regret.
She’s made it clear during the interview that she wants to fight Holm when she comes back. During an interview with Robin Roberts, she said, “I want to win my belt back.”
Who would win in a rematch? Experts feel Holms would beat her again. Her boxing skills will prove to be too much for her once again, and Ronda Rousey seems to be not quick enough to put her down. Former boxing champion Laila Ali thinks a second fight will turn out to be even worse for Rousey.
“I think that if she fought her again, then the same thing and worse will happen. Holly Holm was just getting warmed up. She was just getting warmed up. She had nerves, too. This was her big moment.” Ali said.
There are rumors going around that Rousey will be back well into 2017, so she can fight Miesha Tate, whom she has the best chance of winning, after already beating her twice.
Holm will only spell more trouble, Cris “Cyborg” Justino has been calling her out but is willing to fight only at a catch weight. And many believe Cyborg will beat her too. Amanda Nunes has the bantamweight title, but she may be facing the winner of Holly Holm vs Valentina Shevchenko.
The best way to derail that is by coming out to fight Holm again, and rebuild the drama prior to her first loss. But if Ronda Rousey gets beaten even worse this time around, many fear it’s going to wreck her mentally twice as badly.
Perhaps a third fight with Miesha Tate for now is the safest choice for a Ronda Rousey comeback.
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