Ronda Rousey challenges Amanda Nunes for the UFC women’s bantamweight title this weekend and continues to snub the media. With the weigh-in set Thursday, many expect Rousey to show up but certainly will never entertain questions.
According to an online report, Rousey demands too much for the weigh-in and won’t allow other cameras other than FS1. It seems Rousey wants to do an early weigh-in with no media around making her continuous media shut down.
However, in a report by MMA Junkie, NSAC Executive Director Bob Bennett said that the weigh-in will go as scheduled. After the weigh-in, fighters pose for a photo opportunity, which is open to the public. But with Rousey’s demand they may not see the former champ.
Why does Rousey continue to evade the media?
UFC president Dana White in Oct. explained the media’s role when Rousey went into depression after losing last year. White defended Rousey, saying the former champ felt attacked by the media, turning on her after losing to Holly Holm.
“She [Rousey] had issues. Her biggest issues, in my opinion, were with the media,” White said. “Rousey just felt like the media completely turned on her when she lost. She felt attacked.”
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It would be noted that Holm overwhelmed Rousey at UFC 193 with a combination of kicks and punches. Rousey could not take the beating that saw Rousey losing grip of her bantamweight title. After the fight, Rousey allegedly went into depression even admitting to Ellen DeGeneres about entertaining suicide.
But White quickly dismissed the idea Rousey suffers from psychological problems and added that she just needed a time off. Aside from that, White explained it was long-delayed rest for the former champ to heal her wounds.
A better Rousey set for UFC 207?
Rousey made her appearance at “UFC Embedded” this week and made clear she is ready to reclaim her title. She added that she will not waste any energy on other matters than winning the fight against Amanda Nunes.
“I don’t care about anything except for winning this fight and I’m not spending energy on anything else,” Rousey said.
It was a rare opportunity for Rousey to talk to the media after doing a media blackout in coming back. Dec. 30 will be Rousey’s first fight after a layoff of over a year. Aside from being elusive to the media, Rousey will not feature an open-work out and press conference prior to her fight.
Nunes blast Rousey for being weird, but it does not stop her from taking her inside the Octagon this weekend. Aside from the Nunes-Rousey bout, UFC 207 will also feature Dominick Cruz taking on Cody Garbrandt.
Will Rousey emerge victorious this weekend? Or will she point at the media again if she loses?
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