Ronda Rousey will finally make her return inside the Octagon on December 30 at UFC 207 against Amanda Nunes. In a recent interview, Rousey’s mom revealed the main driving force behind her comeback and it’s not her critics.
Ronda Rousey driven by the memory of his father
“We would worry about her as a kid, but Ron was never concerned. He knew she was destined for big things and he would always say that. They were very close and his memory is still very important to her,” AnnMaria De Mars told USA Today.
Rousey’s father, Ron, died when she was 8 after committing suicide. He was suffering from depression after a back injury did not properly heal. He had a rare blood disorder that prevented his injury from healing.
Ron Rousey’s influence on Ronda
Despite not having his father for most of her life, Ronda Rousey had a special bond with him. She grew up with speech problems and Ron helped her overcome it. Rousey still thinks about her father every day and she revealed it in her autobiography MyFight/YourFight.
“I’ve tried to remember something from the before part of that day – what my dad was wearing, what he looked like, what he sounded like. I wish I could remember the words he said to me before he walked out our front door. I can’t. I just remember what came after,” Rousey wrote.
‘Rowdy’ makes first public appearance for UFC 207
Ronda Rousey has been in hiding and blocking out the media for “betraying” her. She made her first public appearance on Tuesday during an autograph session, per UFC on Twitter. However, it looked like she was signing autographs before the event itself.
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