Ronda Rousey Loses Close Decision To Amanda Nunes…Just Kidding, She Got Murked
Ronda Rousey was the one of the most dominant champions in the history of the UFC. She started her career by submitting Ediane Gomes in 25 seconds and that set the tone for how her run in mixed martial arts would go. None of Ronda’s fights have gone to decision and she holds victories over some of the best in the sport like Miesha Tate, Sara McMann, Cat Zingano and Bethe Correia. 11 of her 12 victories come in round 1 (That is a WTF stat) and she will go down as one of the biggest draws in the sport.
Ronda has hit a rough patch lately losing by KO to Holly Holm at UFC 193 and getting murked by Amanda Nunes this past weekend at UFC 207. It seems Holly figured out how to beat the woman everybody thought was unbeatable and Amanda followed that same game plan making Ronda look amateurish in the octagon.
I believe Rousey can come back from these two defeats though. It is clear she needs to make adjustments with head movement, getting real sparring rounds in the gym and mixing up the coaching to ensure she gets training in other disciplines but if she spends quality time training with the best fighters in the world she can quickly climb the ladder and be the face of the sport once more. The only question mark is if she has the drive to compete any longer. She has a boyfriend, a movie career and other projects that keep her busy. Spending time with the ones you love beats getting punched in the face. I am not positive we will see “Rowdy” again and the statement she released to ESPN was non-committal. Take a look at what she said below:
I want to say thank you to all of my fans who have been there for me in not only the greatest moments but in the most difficult ones. Words cannot convey how much your love and support means to me.
Returning to not just fighting, but winning, was my entire focus this past year. However, sometimes — even when you prepare and give everything you have and want something so badly — it doesn’t work how you planned. I take pride in seeing how far the women’s division has come in the UFC and commend all the other women who have been part of making this possible, including Amanda.
I need to take some time to reflect and think about the future. Thank you for believing in me and understanding.
If that statement doesn’t make you think retirement the video below of how the fight ended will. I hope we see her in the cage again. Maybe they can talk Miesha out of retirement and they can do a third fight.
— Chisanga Malata (@Chisanga_DStar) December 31, 2016