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Amanda Nunes pummeled Ronda Rousey, perhaps into retirement.Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images

All week long, Ronda Rousey had nothing to say. Her UFC 207 fight week public hush followed a year of monastic silence in favor of time spent on a spirit quest. As best we can tell—and only she knows for sure—Rousey was broken by her loss to Holly Holm in November 2015, her confidence shattered into a million little pieces.

After putting herself back together—or at least trying to as best as she could—she reappeared, physically looking just as we remembered. Maybe better. But for once, it was not her athleticism that was in question as much as it was everything else that makes up a fighter. Her ability to control emotion. Her confidence. Her reaction to being hit.

Suddenly, the woman who was once looked at as one of the most dominant athletes in the world was a big question mark.

All week long, the UFC did what it could to put across the message that Rousey was home. Back in the job in which the world came to know her. Even in absentia—Rousey refused to do standard pre-fight media—the promotion plastered the message wherever and whenever it could.

“She’s back,” it said, often in a way that ignored or erased the actual women’s bantamweight champion, Amanda Nunes.

Take a look, for instance, at a tweet the UFC fired off to its 4.8 million followers about an hour before the UFC 207 pay-per-view began. If you just glance at it, it appears Rousey is fighting herself. To some degree, she was.

Rousey disappeared from public view after being knocked out by Holly Holm in November 2015 and mostly stayed ghost until materializing in Las Vegas for fight week 412 days later.

In the few times she had spoken, or that her words became public, it seemed as though the emotional effects of her devastating loss continued to haunt her. She told Ellen DeGeneres suicide had entered her mind. Dana White told Jay & Dan she felt betrayed by the media. A profile of her by ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne suggested that Rousey had lost her motivation for fighting.

Until we could see her, “She’s back” was only literal. Yes, we could prove she was physically there, but her performance? Her aura?

They are gone now.

Rousey might be too, after a crushing defeat, a beatdown that saw referee Herb Dean mercifully save her after 48 harrowing seconds.

Rousey came to the cage with her game face on, but it didn’t last.Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images

All this time after her first loss, Rousey showed no improvements to the head movement issues that plagued her in her loss to Holly Holm. She was upright and available, almost inviting trouble, and Nunes obliged, battering Rousey first with a left hook that wobbled her, then with a series of powerful rights.

Rousey showed tremendous heart in her loss to Holm and did so this time as well. She simply didn’t do enough to avoid the hammers heading her way. One shot after another landed, and Rousey managed to stay on her feet, teetering and defenseless until the end. Then she stood there in a mixture of confusion, shock and defeat.

“I knew I was gonna beat the s–t out of Ronda Rousey like that,” Nunes said in her in-cage post-fight interview, ice cold like the performance that proceeded it.

It’s hard to imagine Rousey coming back from that, a beating even faster and more lopsided than the one that sent her into a tailspin last time around. She has options in Hollywood, she has businesses outside the cage, and she has money in the bank—she earned a $3 million guaranteed purse plus pay-per-view points, according to MMA Fighting.

More importantly, peace is out there for her. She won’t find it in the cage and in the eye of the storm that surrounds her.

The decision was barely read before Rousey started leaving the Octagon.Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images

It’s clear Rousey can’t stand the spotlight, that her skin is too thin for the criticism that comes with the fight game, even though the sport usually welcomes back the same vanquished fighters it once jeered.

It’s a human response to hold disrespect close to the bone, but it’s hardly ever productive. Still, that was what was supposedly fueling Rousey, who went so far as to trademark the acronym “FTA,” (F–k them all, if you’re wondering), a middle finger toward her critics.

Despite it all, the Las Vegas crowd was firmly in Rousey’s corner at both the Thursday weigh-ins and Friday night’s fight, trying to lift a rattled fighter to her former glory.

In contrast to Rousey, Nunes, once seen as a mercurial talent capable of far more than she had accomplished, came into the fight riding a wave of confidence. In succession, she had defeated four straight, with stoppages over Shayna Baszler, Sara McMann and Miesha Tate—the last winning her the title.

Armed with a powerful yet occasionally wild striking game and a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, Nunes brought the full complement of skills and physicality tailor-made to offer Rousey fits.

As the fight approached, Nunes voiced respect for her opponent for paving the road and for giving her the biggest platform of her career. But privately, she had watched enough Rousey video to see the holes in her standup, the confidence that chipped away with each blow landed.

It didn’t take long for her to do the same.

All this time later, nothing had changed. Rousey still had the holes in her striking that could be exposed. Her head was still upright. Her confidence could be cracked. She was mortal.

And most likely, she will process defeat the same way too.

If she disappeared for over a year last time, maybe this time she never comes back. She has given plenty to the sport already. She broke the gender line and pulled three divisions of women into the UFC behind her. She built a small army of fans. For a time, she was dominant.

That time is over now.

“Forget about Ronda Rousey,” Nunes said. “She’s going to go do movies. … That’s it for her. For sure she’s going to retire.”

Rousey barely waited until the final result was read to leave the cage. She picked at her gloves, ignored the champion’s parting words and walked down the steps, past the fans and media, and vanished.

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Before starting in MMA Ronda Rousey had an impressive career in Judo becoming the first American woman to receive an Olympic medal in the sport. She began her MMA career as an amateur in 2010 quickly finishing all 3 of her opponents in under a minute via armbar. She made her professional debut in March of 2011 and again continued her winning ways. She would defeat Charmaine Tweet and Ediane Gomes using the armbar again on her way to signing with Strikeforce. She would finish her first 2 opponents in Strikeforce in the same manner in under a minute making quick work of Sarah D’Alelio and Julia Budd. These impressive wins would earn her a title shot against the bantamweight champion Miesha Tate. Rousey would once again use the armbar technique to win this fight and take home the belt. She would make her first title defense against Sarah Kaufman again winning by armbar once again in under a minute. Following the victory, she has been vocal regarding a request to fight former Strikeforce Featherweight Women’s Champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos although many doubt the practicality of this request since a cut to 135 lbs would be very difficult for the aforementioned Santos.

Rousey recently became the first woman to sign a contract with the UFC. She is now scheduled to face Liz Carmouche in the first ever women’s fight in the UFC. The bout is scheduled to take place at UFC 157 in Anaheim, California and it will be the main event on the card. Liz would put Rousey in a little trouble early getting her back and trying for the rear naked choke but Rousey would fight through it and one again pull off an armbar for the win with 11 seconds left in the first round.

Ronda would coach the Ultimate Fighter 18 season, her original opponent was Cat Zingano who had to pull out with a knee injury. Her opponent instead would be Meisha Tate which would help fuel the rivalry. The two would face off for the second time on December 28th at UFC 168. Tate would be the first one to bring Rousey out of the first round however the result was still the same as Rousey was able to sink in another armbar in the 3rd round to defend her title for a third straight time. The fight would also earn Rousey Submission of the Night as well as Fight of the Night. She defended her title against another former Olympian in Sara McMann at UFC 170. Both grapplers came out swinging, with Rousey quickly clinching on the fence. Ronda was able to land a knee to Sarah’s liver which dropped her. After two more shots on the ground, referee Herb Dean stopped the fight giving Rousey her first TKO victory. The stoppage was controversial since McMann appeared to be still defending herself and attempting to stand up.

In addition to her MMA career Rousey has also had a go at Hollywood appearing in the Expendables 3 movie and Fast & Furious 7.

She also appears on the show entourage.

Rousey would finally face Cat Zingano at UFC 184. Once again Rousey would prove she is the best in the division finishing Cat in only 14 seconds setting a UFC record for fastest submission finish in a title fight. She would also earn a Performance of the Night bonus making it her fourth straight fight with a bonus.

At UFC 190 Rousey would defend her bantam weight title against bethe Correira. Rousey won the fight in 34 seconds by TKO.

Her next title defense was against Holly Holm at UFC 193. Holm won the fight in a stunning upset knocking out rousey in the second round with a head kick and punches. It was the first loss of rousey’s career. Rousey took a year off to recover after the tough loss.

UFC 207 just shy of one year later saw Rousey make her return to the octagon. However Rousey would not face holly holm for the rematch as Holm was no longer the champion having loss to Rousey’s long time rival miesha tate. Tate in turn having lost to Amanda the lioness Nunes. Nunes dominated the fight overwhelming rousey with punches. Rousey received her second consecutive loss by TKO.

Ronda next made a surprising move by joining world wrestling entertainment (WWE) where she has achieved great success becoming one of the most popular wrestlers and becoming the womens champion.

Here’s What Ronda Rousey Thinks About Gay Rights

Celebrated MMA fighter Ronda Rousey doesn’t hold back when it comes to the customary trash-talking before every match. But a recent interview with TMZ shows a different, more accepting, side of her.

When asked about fellow fighter Manny Pacquiao’s recent remarks that gay people are “worse than animals,” Rousey responded:

“I understand that a lot of people use religion as a reason to be against gay people, but there was no ‘Thou Shall Not Be Gay’,” she said. “God never said that, and I really think that our pope now is boss. He was saying something the other day that religion should be all-encompassing and should be about loving everyone. And I think people take the wrong message sometimes.” (It should be noted, however, that the Catholic Church doesn’t officially support gay marriage.)

Like Pacquiao, Rousey was raised as a devout Roman Catholic and has turned to the saints as her personal heroes. As a teen, she took the confirmation name Joan of Arc to receive the sacrament because, as she told the New York Times, “St. Joan of Arc was the only girl saint that killed and kicked ass on her way to martyrdom. I was like, ‘Go Joan!’ “

Even if you don’t agree with all of her points, you’ve gotta love her fighting spirit both in and out of the cage. (P.S. Did you see Rousey’s response to Photoshop on Instagram?)

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Ronda Rousey agrees with the Pope, not Manny Pacquiao, on gay marriage


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UFC superstar Ronda Rousey has never been shy about voicing her opinion. And she’s perfectly entitled to do so, since it has been her fists and feet, not her words that typically are hurting people.

The same can’t be said about another acclaimed fighter: Manny Pacquiao.

The world-class boxer and current member of the Philippines House of Representatives came under fire last week for calling those in same-sex relationships “worse than animals.” Pacquiao apologized soon after for the latter comment, but reiterated that he is still against homosexuality, a move that brought renewed ire. The 37-year-old was cut by Nike for what the company called his “abhorrent” comments, and several athletes joined in condemning the remarks, including Magic Johnson and WWE’s Dave Bautista (warning: NSFW).

Rousey, who was only told of Pacquiao’s comments Tuesday, responded as well. And she took a rather insightful tact in doing so.

“I understand that a lot of people use religion as a reason to be against gay people, but there was no ‘Thou shall not be gay,’ ” Rousey told TMZ. “God never said that, and I really think that our Pope now is boss. He was saying something the other day that religion should be all-encompassing and should be about loving everyone. And I think sometimes people take the wrong message.”

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While Rousey has never been vocal about her own religious beliefs, she has been open about her views on gay marriage (supports it) and politics (she’s a Bernie Sanders fan) in the past, so this recent comment shouldn’t be a surprise.

In the same interview with TMZ, Rousey also discussed her recent appearance on “Ellen,” in which she revealed she had suicidal thoughts following her loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193.

“I feel like there’s been an overly negative light on . It’s something real people are going through, not something like a weakness that we should condemn,” she said. “It’s really heavily affected our family…anything I can do to make sure it affects as few people as possible, I’d be happy to do that.”

Suicide has had a deep impact on Rousey and her family, which is why she “never shied away” the topic.

“There’s a history of suicide in my family. My dad and his father both took their lives and I think that suicide is the number one killer of young teens as well. I do a lot of work with Didi Hirsch, which is a free mental health clinic here in L.A. And the last even I went to for them, their whole thing was erasing the stigma… Of taking the stigma away from everything like suicide and making it actually acceptable for people to talk about it and look for help and to not feel like ashamed of themselves for it. I think that should be encouraged.”

‘Total Divas’ to return Oct. 2 with Ronda Rousey

Aug. 26 (UPI) — Total Divas Season 9 will premiere Oct. 2 on E! and feature Ronda Rousey as a series regular, WWE announced Monday.

A teaser trailer for the new season was released featuring Rousey during her time in WWE and fellow new cast member Sonya Deville as she deals with being the first openly gay woman in WWE.

The new season also will feature returning WWE stars Nia Jax, Natalya, Naomi and Carmella along with Nikki and Brie Bella who will make guest appearances.

“I’m gonna do everything that I can to bring a spotlight to the women’s evolution,” Rousey says in the clip.

Rousey was last seen in WWE at WrestleMania 35 in April when she faced off against Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair for the Raw and Smackdown Women’s Championships. The match, which Lynch won, was the first main event in WrestleMania history to feature all women.

The Bella Twins, who have retired from in-ring competition, will appear in Total Divas spinoff Total Bellas when the reality series returns to E! with Season 5 in early 2020.

Amanda Nunes, the first gay UFC champion, defeats Ronda Rousey at UFC 207

News flash: Amanda Nunes dominated Ronda Rousey and won with a knockout in 48 seconds of Round 1. “I’m the champion here, Amanda Nunes, the lioness!” she said after. (Read complete fight report).

Original article: Amanda Nunes made history on July 9th when she became the first openly gay champion in the UFC’s short but dynamic history. That night, in the main event of UFC 200 she pasted women’s MMA pioneer Miesha Tate en route to a dominant submission victory inside the first round.

On Friday at UFC 207, the “Lioness” defends her UFC’s women’s bantamweight (135 pounds) belt for the first time. Looking to stop her is the most famous and popular athlete the sport has ever known, Ronda Rousey — the former champion who is returning after more than a year out on the sidelines.

Nunes grew up in the Brazilian state of Bahia, before she moved to Florida in pursuit of her mixed martial arts dream. After competing in the Strikeforce and Invicta organizations between 2011 and 2013 she was signed by the Ultimate Fighting Championships to take on Sheila Gaff at UFC 163.

Nunes won her debut, and her next fight versus Germaine de Randamie, before taking a tough loss to perennial top contender Cat Zingano in 2014. After that beating Nunes regrouped and then went on a tear, winning three fights in a row (versus Shayna Baszler, Sara McMann, and Valentina Shevchenko) to earn her shot at Tate.

In that fight Nunes outmuscled Tate and landed heavy punches that dazed the then-champion. With Tate backing up Nunes continued to land stiff punches, forcing Tate to crumple to the ground. Nunes followed the bloodied-Tate to the mat, peppering her with more strikes, before sinking in the fight ending submission (a rear naked choke).

Though she was the underdog in her championship fight against Tate, Nunes’ victory was not entirely shocking. Nunes’ aggressive style and powerful punching had been feared throughout the UFC’s women’s bantamweight division since she first walked into the Octagon. The biggest question mark that hung over here was whether she could keep this aggression in check and avoid making rash mistakes — such as she did versus Zingano.

At UFC 207, which is being held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, lack of discipline could cost Nunes her championship. Rousey has made a career off of catching overzealous opponents in her clutches and forcing them to submit. If Nunes can avoid Rousey’s submissions, and land vicious strikes of her own, there is a very good chance Nunes does something no female bantamweight champion has done in the UFC since August 2015: defend the belt.

In November 2015, Rousey lost the belt to Holly Holm, who then proceeded to lose to Tate. Nunes’ dismantling of Tate in July was Tate’s first crack at defending the belt. On Friday night Nunes will be hoping to buck a trend, which is something she is very familiar with.

The 28-year-old Nunes is both the first Brazilian woman and openly gay individual to win a UFC championship. When she walks to the cage Friday, she’ll do so alongside the person who has been by her side since she first began competing in the UFC; her girlfriend — and training partner — Nina Ansaroff.

Nunes and Ansaroff met at Miami’s MMA Masters gym. According to a profile of Nunes, the two women’s relationship was adversarial at first. As a sparring partner Nunes was overaggressive, feeling Ansaroff was a trespasser in “her gym.”

After those early training experiences, Ansaroff began spending more time with Nunes. Ansaroff, a Florida native, began helping Nunes sharpen her English skills in addition to her fighting skills. Eventually a relationship bloomed. Four years later, both women now train at American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Fla., (one of the world’s premier MMA gyms) and both compete in the UFC. Ansaroff fights in the women’s strawweight division (115 pounds).

Prior to Nunes’ winning the bantamweight championship Nunes and Ansaroff ‘s relationship did not garner much attention, nor did they seek it. However, since Nunes became the queen of the UFC’s most storied women’s division the pair have opened up on their lives together, a little bit.

Told you! #ufc200 #AndNew #mychampmandy #loveislove

A photo posted by Nina Ansaroff (@ninaansaroff) on Jul 9, 2016 at 10:18pm PDT

At the UFC 200 post fight press conference Nunes professed her love for Ansaroff and said her girlfriend would be a UFC champion herself very soon. When she was asked how it felt to be the first openly gay UFC champion, the Brazilian responded simply, “It is amazing.”

“We’ve been together for four years. This is not something new,” Ansaroff told MMA Fighting, regarding her and Nunes’ relationship. “But because she’s a champion now, it’s new. Now it has to have a name. When you say ‘openly’, makes it seem like we’re strong. We were always strong together, and we never needed to make an announcement.”

The pair will need to be strong at UFC 207 when Nunes steps in opposite a women whom the UFC media-machine had once touted as the most dominant combat athlete on the planet. However, if Nunes performs as she and Ansaroff believes she’s capable, then she could be on her way to building a legacy as one of the greatest female fighters who has ever lived, LGBTQ or otherwise.

Ronda Rousey has plenty of reasons for not having a boyfriends, none of which is her sexual preference.

“I think it’s funny when people think that because I’m a female athlete that I must be a lesbian, and I’m like, ‘No, I love men so much that I beat the f— out of girls for a living just to take them all out,’” Rousey told Rolling Stone.

Rousey cited her busy schedule as the main reason she’s single, which makes sense because she also said she’s not about to put in copious amounts of work to land a man.

“The kind of guys I’m into have lots of desirable women willing to do backflips for them — and, I mean, if you can look like a man standing next to me, then you’re a real f—ing man — but I’m just not doing any backflips,” Rousey said.

Dating one of the world’s most dominant and intimidating athletes can’t be easy for any man, especially when her mother won’t even call you by your real name until you marry her. However, Rousey said there is a guy out there hot on her trail who has a shot, even if she can’t find it within herself to go out with him.

“This one guy, he’s pretty well-known, he keeps texting me to go do this or that … I won’t say yes. And I want to,” Rousey said. “And then I met this guy at a gas station the other day — we had a moment with our credit cards not working right — and he asked me out. He was cute … I was like, ‘I don’t know. I gotta lot of s—, bro.’ I bro’d him, and I didn’t want to … I don’t know what my problem is, and why I get so shy that I have trouble speaking, when I’m so bold in other areas.”

So which comes first, Rousey losing a fight or getting a new boyfriend?

Manny Pacquiao has already been called “a bigoted hypocrite” and “a fucking idiot” for suggesting that same-sex marriage is an affront to humanity – so you’d expect Ronda Rousey to really lower the boom on the former boxing champ.

Instead, when she was asked about Pacquiao’s statement that embracing marriage equality makes humankind “worse than animals,” Rousey took a more refined approach. Rather than just drop an F-Bomb, she pointed out that many – Pacquiao included – seem to use religion as a way of justifying their views, which is ironic, considering they seem to be ignoring the central message of their faith.

“I understand that a lot of people use religion as a reason to be against gay people, but there was no ‘Thou Shall Not Be Gay,’” Rousey told TMZ. “God never said that, and I really think that our pope now is boss. He was saying something the other day that religion should be all-encompassing and should be about loving everyone. And I think people take the wrong message sometimes.”

In the same interview, Rousey also discussed the response she received following an appearance on Ellen in which she revealed that she had suicidal thoughts after her loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193.

“I feel like there’s been an overly negative light on . It’s something real people are going through, not something like a weakness that we should condemn,” she said. “It’s really heavily affected our family…anything I can do to make sure it affects as few people as possible, I’d be happy to do that.”

Rousey’s mom says she’s related to one of North America’s first black physicians

The son of a headmaster, Alfred Waddell set out for New York in 1923 with his young bride Amelia Maria, dreaming of becoming a doctor. The couple worked menial jobs to support themselves in New York. In 1928 Alfred left his family to study medicine at Dalhousie’s medical school in Halifax. Amelia Maria finally joined him with their 4 children. Graduating in 1933, he faced the suspicions of Halifax’s white and black communities who regarded him as an “outsider.” His practice took off slowly. Members of the Chinese community were among his first clients. Despite his own hardships, Waddell treated many isolated people who had no access to medical care. Waddell brought medicine to far flung black communities; spoke out against injustice; and even billeted black musicians like Cab Calloway, when he could not get a hotel room. A champion of social equality, Dr. Waddell raised his children with ideas of fairness and earned the respect of an entire city. Although he died of a heart attack before he could see many of the social changes he fought for, Alfred Waddell is remembered fondly his those who benefited from his advocacy.

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