Ronda Rousey has not stepped inside the UFC Octagon since her devastating loss to Holly Holm last November 2015, and fans have been awaiting her return since. The only thing that has gotten her relevant these days are mostly rumors and stories surrounding her career outside of MMA.
Beaming with confidence, the current UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion Amada Nunes has made it known that she’s willing to wait for Ronda Rousey’s return for a grand challenge between a former dominant champion and the new.
But nobody knows when that’s going to happen, or, if it’s even going to happen at all. Her ex-training partner Tony Jeffries expressed serious doubts regarding her comeback bout considering her life outside the MMA.
In spite of Ronda Rousey previously expressing his desire to regain her UFC title, no action seems to back up that inclination, and maybe it is more of a dream than an actual goal and, if so, her next fight must have been ongoing for quite a while now.
Her loss to Holly Holm was so bad it crushed her to suicidal tendencies, as revealed in the Ellen DeGeneres show. It may not be something she hasn’t recovered from yet; otherwise, given Rousey’s fighting character, we ought to have heard more about her comeback trail by now.
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Amanda Nunes may have said it best when she felt that Rousey might never be the same fighter she was a few years ago.
In an interview with the Daily Star, Amanda Nunes said, “She knows she lost. That’s the problem. She was undefeated for a long time and doesn’t know how to deal with a loss now. I started my career with a loss, getting ‘slapped’ by life. Ronda doesn’t know how to deal with that.
It’s close to eight months now, and rumors of her comeback get extended each time; the latest being well into 2017. And who knows what version of Rousey we’ll be watching- Beautiful still, more human than fighting machine, likely broken.
While fans, now along with Amanda Nunes, eagerly await Ronda Rousey’s next fight, for all we know it may have started some time back, and it goes beyond 3 or 5 rounds. Her longest battle is ongoing against herself, and it may take forever before she fights somebody else.
Amanda Nunes will be fighting Juliana Pena next in case a Rousey comeback does not happen.
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