Amanda Nunes swiftly apologises to Ronda Rousey after Dana White’s update on her future

The timing of Amanda Nunes’ apology to Ronda Rousey is very interesting.

Nunes spoiled the return party at UFC 207 by annihilating Rousey in the first round of their headliner.

Once the biggest superstar in the sport, Rousey’s future was suddenly in doubt after a second successive knockout loss. The air of invincibility was crumbled to dust by Holly Holm’s thunderous head kick and any feeling that she could hang with the new wave of elite female fighters suffered the same fate when Nunes lit her up like a Christmas tree.

After the referee intervened to put Rousey out of her misery, Nunes celebrated before giving “Rowdy” a message inside the Octagon, as she explained in the post-fight press conference.

“I told her ‘you did a lot for the sport. You did a lot, but now you can take time and do something else. You don’t need to keep doing that.”

Not long after, Nunes sent an Instagram post that rubbed salt in Rousey’s fresh wounds to gloat over her triumph. The post received some criticism, most notably from top contender Cat Zingano, who thought she had overstepped the mark.

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Flash-forward a month later and Nunes has finally confessed that her treatment of the fighter who paved the way for female fighters in the UFC was wrong.

Her apology came just a few hours after UFC president Dana White informed everyone on the UFC Unfiltered podcast that Rousey’s fighting days are likely over. Although he was reluctant to confirm that Rousey had officially called it quits, he got a strong sense from talking to her that this would be her next move.

“I wouldn’t say she fights again. I think she’s probably done. She’s going to ride off into the sunset and start living her life outside of fighting.”

When these comments started to spread around the internet, Nunes sent her Instagram post apologising to Rousey, the UFC and the fans for her actions following the knockout.

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Ronda Rousey, the women’s sports trailblazer who became a mainstream phenomenon during a memorable eight-fight run in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, spoke at length about the spectacular end of her mixed martial arts career for the first time on Sunday after claiming victory in a stunning WWE debut at Wrestlemania 34.

The 31-year-old became the UFC’s first female champion in 2012 and made six defenses of the women’s bantamweight belt, each inside the distance and all but one inside the first round.

But the former Olympic bronze judo medallist suffered a spectacular knockout loss to Holly Holm in 2015, then after a year-long layoff was dominated in her comeback fight against Amanda Nunes.

She announced in January she was leaving behind UFC to join World Wrestling Entertainment full-time after more than a year in professional limbo and made her debut with the promotion on Sunday night in New Orleans, where she teamed up to defeat Stephanie McMahon and her partner Triple H in an encounter that thoroughly entertained the 78,133-strong crowd.

Afterward, Rousey told ESPN she was happy with her move to WWE and had no regrets about the losses to Holm and Nunes.

“It was me versus the world in an individual sport,” Rousey told the network. “I thought I would never say this, but I’m so happy I lost those fights because it led me here. This is so worth it.

“Everything really does happen for a reason. I’m just so grateful. I thought I never would be for , but time is a great teacher. I’m just really, really glad I gave it time instead of giving up and feeling it was the end of the world. There’s so many people who encounter tragedies who feel like the world and time won’t heal it.

“But all I can say to those people is: Just give it time, even if you think time can’t heal it. You never know what will happen and where it will lead you. Every missed opportunity is a blessing in disguise. I really believe it now.”

Fellow former UFC fighter Brock Lesnar rounded off the evening at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome by defeating challenger Roman Reigns to retain his position as universal champion.

However, the match was met with jeers from the crowd, as many hoped or expected 40-year-old Lesnar, the longest-reigning universal champion, to lose his title.

Lesnar’s victory comes amid speculation that he will be leaving WWE to return to mixed martial arts in the UFC.

UFC president Dana White told FOX that Lesnar would be returning to the sport last week.

Elsewhere 40-year-old star John Cena was defeated by WWE legend the Undertaker, 53, as the latter came out of retirement to win in less than three minutes.

Nia Jax won the Raw women’s title from Alexa Bliss, while AJ Styles claimed the WWE championship from Shinsuke Nakamura.

The event set a new record at the stadium in Louisiana, as its highest grossing entertainment event ever, bringing in $14.1m (£10m).

Ronda Rousey opens up about UFC career and life after it

Ronda Rousey speaking to her Hollywood director and members of the public as the sun set on a perfect evening in Santa Monica became the ideal atmosphere for the UFC legend to reflect on her two knockout defeats more candidly than she ever has.

“One thing my mother never taught me was how to lose,” Rousey told Peter Berg, who directed her in the coming film ‘Mile 22.’ “She’d say, ‘I want you to never entertain it as a possibility. Let it suck. It deserves to suck.’”

Rousey, 31, retreated into deep seclusion following her November 2015 head-kick knockout loss to Holly Holm that ended her dominant reign as the UFC’s first female champion, and she remained there before and after current bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes knocked her out in the first round nearly 500 days ago.

“There’s a lot of stuff I wouldn’t have been able to get through, and my secret is right there,” Rousey said, motioning toward her husband, UFC heavyweight Travis Browne, inside Berg’s Wild Card West gym.


With that, tears came.

“I always wanted to be so tough. I found a way to make crying tough. My mom didn’t teach me how to deal with that stuff … I did a whole lot of crying, isolating myself. He held me and let me cry, and it lasted two years. I couldn’t have done it alone.

“There’s a lot of things you have to remember. Every missed opportunity is a blessing in disguise. My nanny always said, ‘God always knows what he’s doing even if you don’t.’ I had to learn from experience and believe it’s still true. From the worst things, the best things have come as a result. Time is a great teacher. It’s that belief that time passes … even time, it passes. People need to learn not to be too rough on yourself, or get too down.”

It was a gripping confessional, one that the shielded Rousey hesitated to provide even an hour earlier, when her publicist told The Times not to ask her about “fighting” in an interview.


She had some compelling things to say about her life with Browne in a rustic Southern California enclave, and her new WWE career, which started with a well-received tag-team “victory” at “Wrestlemania” this month.

“I expected that I was being perceived as an outsider and rejected from the beginning,” Rousey said. “There is a certain way that people expect you to come up in the industry and I have had a very unorthodox path to where I am, and some people think of that as cutting in line.

“Unfortunately, I don’t have the miles on the body to go through the long and arduous path, I just hit the ground running, learning on a big stage instead of the … smaller shows.”

At home in Riverside County, Rousey called life with Browne “blissful.” They have goats and chickens on her property, cracking that her gardening is “doomsday prepping” and “sustainable living. I guess that makes settling down … preparing for the apocalypse. I love that.”

She told Berg that “goats are the best doomsday animal you can have. You can milk a goat, eat a goat and they can keep you warm … I think it’s a good plan to have goats.

Hollywood director Peter Berg comforts Ronda Rousey during her sometimes emotional appearance in Santa Monica on Wednesday night. (Lance Pugmire / Los Angeles Times )

“I wouldn’t call myself domesticated, but … because I really care about the quality of my soil, I guess that makes me domesticated.”

She said her sporting greatness was rooted by the fact that “I can relate to every lesson I learned the hard way. Sport was not hard.”


She said her parents “expected me to be special, so I expected to be special. … I was just trying to create the job I wanted, and I wouldn’t have the audacity to do that if my mom didn’t tell me I could.”

She dominated the UFC earlier in her career by finishing all but one fight in the first round via the armbar she learned as a 2008 Olympic bronze medalist in judo.

But her fall from being the UFC’s top pay-per-view athlete was a crash, the harshness revealed in her talk with Berg, who also supervised “Friday Night Lights.”

“I’m looking at evolution … you’re a shining example of why we should keep evolving,” Berg suggested to Rousey.

“I’ve evolved a lot of different ways,” she answered. “Things don’t evolve if things are working out. Sharks have been around for a very long time … .”

Then Berg told the crowd of how Rousey praised a young boxer who dared to criticize Canelo Alvarez for being suspended last week for using a banned substance.

“We live in an age of trial by Twitter. What’s really gained by stating your opinion on anything? It whittles people down. It gets cut and pasted 10 times and it’s in headlines,” Rousey said.

“Why should I talk? I believe hearing me speak is a privilege and it’s a privilege that’s been abused, so why not revoke it from everyone? I don’t believe public criticism, beating you down, is the right thing to do.”


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Ronda Rousey’s Return Ends With 48-Second Knockout

By the way another big sports story this morning and it involves Ronda Rousey. Yeah, it sure does, the ufc star was hoping to mount a big comeback after losing her belt but had another tough night and Diane Macedo has much more. Ron wants you to say something. I’m not going to. I like my job. I intend to keep it. This fight was no doubt painful for Ronda Rousey but painful to watch. After disappearing for a year, she came out seemingly in the best shape of her life and more focused than ever. All the more reason fans were completely shocked when it ended with one of the fastest losses in ufc history. Overnight what was meant to be a superstar comeback ended in another crippling defeat. Watch as Ronda Rousey falls just 48 seconds into the first round. Reigning champion Amanda nunes, aka, the lioness pummeled the former champ with one vicious blow after another. I know the girl can take my punches, I know and it happened tonight. Reporter: Tough year for Rousey who fell from grace after her first loss last November to holly Holm. The knockout ruined her undefeated record but as she told Ellen DeGeneres in February, it also left her incredibly depressed. I was literally sitting there and like thinking about killing myself in the exact second I’m nothing. What do I do anymore? The big question is what’s next for the once seemingly unbeatable fighting star who stunned the masses both in the cage and on the red carpet. Some are calling her a sore loser after last time without addressing the crowd or press. Nunes seems to be poking fun with this image showing her pushing Rousey in a stroller as she holds her belt. You can say a big ouch to that one. Yeah. But the president of the ufc also reminded us that it is only because of Ronda Rousey that women were allowed in the ufc. They never would be until she convinced them. I think that’s a great point. Whether you want to call her a sore loser or not she’s been a pioneer. All her predecessors at the least owe her that. How long Dan would last in the ring with — I can answer that. 0.00001 seconds. Someone said you could beat Rousey. I’m good watching from the catch. I’ll just analyze from right here. Obviously.

Ronda Rousey Gets Schooled for Poor Sportsmanship In and Out of the Ring

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Let’s be honest: Trash talking is part of the fun of UFC fights. Watching the crazy-tough fighters get in each other’s faces, brag about their assured win (they’re always sure they’ll win), and even insult each other’s moms pumps up both the competitors and the fans before anyone steps foot in the ring. But, like all good things, it can go too far. And Ronda Rousey, the first female to dominate MMA, is known for talking as tough as she fights. (It’s all to Defend Her Badass Status.) So far, she’s been able to back up her big mouth with big wins, but when she got knocked out by Holly Holm in Friday’s championship match, people said it was karma and lined up to take their own (verbal) shots.

Before the fight started, Rousey made news for her characteristic dissing of Holm, saying that Holm “just isn’t a champion” and that she should take her money for losing and go away. On Instagram, she taunted Holm, calling her a “fake ass cheap shotting bitch” before adding, “You’re getting your ass kicked tomorrow, and I’m really going to enjoy the beating I give you.”

But Rousey took the trash talking a step too far when she refused to touch gloves before the fight, showing she thought Holm wasn’t even worthy of respect as an opponent. It was this moment of poor sportsmanship that turned many fans against her. And then came the fight the undefeated Rousey swore could never happen: Holm kicked her in the head and neck, not only winning the match in under a minute but knocking Rousey unconscious and sending her to the hospital. Rousey wasn’t just beaten, she was demolished.

The response was swift and merciless.

“That’s what you get for not touching gloves,” Lady Gaga tweeted in all caps. Laila Ali, daughter of Muhammad Ali and a boxer herself, told TMZ Sports it proved Rousey was an amateur. Rapper 50 Cent furthered the feud between Rousey and Floyd Mayweather, gleefully tweeting out a pic of the unconscious fighter. Even Donald Trump got in on the action, tweeting, “Glad to see that @RondaRousey lost her championship fight last night. Was soundly beaten – not a nice person!” (Rich words from someone famous for not being a very nice person.)

So which was worse-Rousey’s bad example or everyone’s awful responses to what was clearly a scary situation? Who knows, but it makes us want to send everyone to their rooms and tell them not to come out until they can be civil to each other. All this negativity just detracts from the sport. Sure, MMA is about no-holds-barred fighting but you can do that and still follow the basic rule of sportsmanship: Always respect your opponent. (A perfect example? U.S. soccer champ Abby Wambach.)

As for Rousey, she’s recovering from her injuries and promises to be back in the ring eventually-a little humbler and wiser, we hope.

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Shade and Schadenfreude: The Story of Ronda Rousey’s Weekend

For the first time ever, Ronda Rousey got knocked the fuck out. Rousey, who has made a reputation for herself for getting it done in the first minute, found herself in an unfamiliar spot on Saturday: on the ground with the lights turned off. Her competitor, Holly Holm, used her considerable boxing and kickboxing skills to execute a flawless strategy.

While we’ve admired Rousey in the past, many have been eagerly waiting for someone to knock her off her top spot. Rousey was either manufacturing sleights in the vein of Michael Jordan to get herself pumped up for the fight, or she was trying to get into Holm’s head with an outburst at the weigh in and subsequent shade-filled Instagram posts.

Some of the things were kinda OTT, with Rousey going personal and insulting Holm’s character.

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Fake ass cheap shotting fake respect fake humility bitch – “preacher’s daughter” my ass – I see through your fake sweet act now – you’re getting your ass kicked tomorrow, and I’m really going to enjoy the beating I give you #andSTILL

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One moment in particular has come back to haunt Rousey. While on The Tonight Show, Rousey told Jimmy Fallon that Holm was a big threat. “She’s the type of fighter that you have to be very, very patient with,” she said. “I feel like she’s going to try and like keep distance and keep far away from me and get me frustrated to a point that I’ll make a mistake. And she’ll try to kick me in the head, but it’s not going to go like that. Not the way that she wants.”

Predictably, people have been gleefully using these words against her, posting videos of the moment she got KO’d by being kicked in the head and showing her completely defeated. The hate has piled on for Rousey, and because she has been known to shit talk many people, there’s been a lot of ammo.

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Glad to see that @RondaRousey lost her championship fight last night. Was soundly beaten – not a nice person!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 16, 2015

BTW, does Donald Trump think he’s a nice person?

@Drake could have blocked that punched @RondaRousey @_HOLLYHOLM #UFC193

— (@BoxingHype) November 15, 2015

I was all in favor of Ronda Rousey starring in the “Roadhouse” remake until last night. Swayze never lost a single UFC fight.

— Josh Gondelman (@joshgondelman) November 15, 2015

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#damn #internetdontlovenobody #ouch #stillmyboo #rondarousey

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Some of the comments are humorous and entertaining, but some people took it too far, acting as though this meant that her pretty unblemished record was ruined. Carla “Cookie Monster” Esparza, on the other hand, defended her and told people to back off.

I see a lot of people hating on Ronda Rousey, that couldn’t wait to see her lose. Ronda is still one of the best…

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Rousey posted a comment on Instagram on Sunday night to let fans know that she was all right after going to the hospital, and to say she was taking a break from the sport.

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Ronda Rousey is no longer the undefeated UFC champion: She fell to Holly Holm in a Melbourne match on Saturday night, going down by knockout after Holm struck her in the head.

Holm and Rousey shared a tense moment ahead of the fight, which was broken up by security. “You’re getting your ass kicked tomorrow, and I’m really going to enjoy the beating I give you,” Rousey wrote on Instagram ahead of the fight. She was the heavy favorite and Holm’s win is one of the most unexpected upsets in UFC history.

Rousey, now 12-1, fell in the second round after a left head kick. Holm, a boxing champion before her UFC career, went in for another punch and the referee intervened.

The kick heard ‘round the world (via @allelbows):

— SB Nation (@SBNation) November 15, 2015

In an appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s talk show earlier this year, Rousey spoke about the match with Holm: “She’s going to kick me in the head, but its not going to go like that, not the way that she wants.”

As Holm celebrated her win, Rousey was taken to a local hospital, where she stayed overnight. Her representative told ESPN she did not have a concussion. She had plastic surgery on her lip, which was split during the match.

“Holm school in Australia” WOW!!

— Desmond Howard (@DesmondHoward) November 15, 2015

After winning, Holm said: “I don’t know, I’m trying to take it all in. This is crazy! Getting in here, I just felt so much support—I thought, ‘How can I not do this with all this support?’ I had the best coaching, from stand-up to grappling to wrestling. I have to say, everything we worked on presented itself in the fight. Every grab she tried to get, on the cage—I have not spent this much time in the gym before any fight in my life.”

Ronda Rousey reflects on UFC losses: ‘I cried for two years, was never taught how to lose’

It may have taken a year or two, but former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has finally opened up about her back-to-back knockout defeats to Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes.

You can blame the media for her silence.

Indeed, over the last few months “Rowdy” has slowly been breaking out of her shell to talk about her MMA past, as well as her WWE future. During a recent Q &A inside Wild Card West boxing gym, Ronda explained how she dealt with the losses.

“I did a whole lot of crying, isolating myself, (husband Travis Browne) held me and let me cry and it lasted two years,” Rousey said via MMA Junkie. “I couldn’t have done it alone. There’s a lot of things you have to remember. Every missed opportunity is a blessing in disguise. I had to learn from experience. From the worst things, the best things have come as a result. Time is a great teacher. It’s that belief that time passes, even bad times.”

Indeed, Rousey’s defeats were a blessing in disguise as it lead to her now full time career as a WWE Superstar, something that likely wouldn’t have happened had she still been sitting at the top of the MMA mountain.

Ronda received tons of criticism for being a “sore loser,” shutting the media out, not giving her opponents credit or failing to even talk about MMA after seeing her unbeaten streak go out the window.

For Ronda, it was all about the unknown as she says she was never taught how to lose, so understand where the criticism may have come from.

“My parents expected me to be special, so I expected to be special,” said an emotional Rousey. “I was just trying to create the job I wanted, and I wouldn’t have the audacity to do that if my mom didn’t tell me I could,” she added. “But one thing my mother never taught me was how to lose. She never wanted me to entertain it as a possibility. She’d say: ‘Let it suck. It deserves to suck.’”

The good thing about Rousey’s new career is her next losses — and wins — will be pre-determined, so if and when she suffers her first professional wrestling defeat, it won’t hit like a ton of bricks this time around.

Still, it’s good to see Rousey face her demons in public, which according to this statement, isn’t one of her favorite things to do.

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  • Set to make her pro-wrestling debut at next weekend’s WrestleMania 34, former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey made major MMA headlines in a slow week otherwise devoid of much relevant news.

    However, even though Rousey can still dominate the news in a sport she clearly no longer wants to participate in, it wasn’t for what many would call the right reasons.

    The all-time MMA legend drew the ire of many fans and media members when she gave an incredibly awkward interview to former NFL player and current ESPN personality Mike Golic, who deserved at least a small portion of the blame when he asked her the oddly-worded question if she would ever ‘go back in time’ to MMA.

    Rousey clearly took offense, insisting Golic asked her if she would actually go back in time, perhaps a somewhat abrasive and hasty retort to a network that was giving her airtime even though she’s currently competing in a scripted sports ‘entertainment’ competition after losing her last two UFC fights to Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes. Rousey reacted with similar disdain towards second ESPN host Max Kellerman when he asked her about how the media treated her after her loss to Holm later that day.

    The backlash incited like a wildfire, with many calling her a sore loser, amongst other things, while many others came to Rousey’s defense.

    One prominent MMA figure who was among the former was UFC title contender Chael Sonnen, who revealed on his Beyond the Fight podcast (via MMA Mania) that he found Rousey’s awkward and borderline rude interview annoying given that ESPN was helping her out by having her on a sports show after she transitioned to ‘entertainment’:

    “I found it a little bit annoying, The host is doing you a favor by having you on, considering you’re jumping around a fake ring in Roddy Piper’s clothes. This is a sports show, and you don’t do sports, so maybe give the guy a little bit of slack.

    “It’s like ‘hey lady, you’re jumping around in a ring on pay-per-view in a few days. This is a sports show. We’ll extend this to you because you used to do a sport, so let’s help each other out here.’ Then she kinda threw it on his face.”

    Yet even though Sonnen put his assessment of Rousey’s on-air blunders more harsh than most, he was far from finished there.

    ‘The American Gangster’ unloaded on ‘Rowdy,’ offering his opinion that they should have kicked her out right on set because their ratings would have gone up for doing so – and they’d still be on air tomorrow when she would be back to the WWE:

    “I will tell you, if I was the host, I would’ve kicked her ass right out of the set,” Sonnen said. “I’m inviting you on a sports show, on ESPN, a place you don’t belong as a pro-wrestler — but we all can scratch each other’s back.

    “I’ve got to talk some real sports, because I just have to. I am a sports show, and I am in ESPN, okay? You’re not active, bringing up history is no fun, so I’ve got to think about the future. Fair question by me, but you’re going to try and belittle me for it?

    “Let me show you how this goes. Because after I boot your ass and my ratings go up for doing it, tomorrow morning, they’re going to set the same camera back up and I’m still going to be on it, but you aren’t, Ronda. So now we’re going to find out, who got over on who.”

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    • Even though Becky Lynch took down Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair to become the WWE RAW and SmackDown Women’s Champion, she isn’t letting that get in the way of constantly trash talking her opponents.

      Speaking to Us Weekly about the victory and her opponents in general, Lynch continued to slam Rousey, calling her a bad loser. “She only knows how to win. So that when she doesn’t win, she can’t handle it,” Lynch said. “That’s the difference between me and her. I don’t think I’m going to win all the time. I know I’m going to lose sometimes. But I know that I can take it and come back from it every time. Come back stronger every time.”

      Lynch went on to acknowledge that she isn’t the most athletic superstar that’s ever wrestled, but she is by far the most “relentless,” and that she is dedicated to finding ways to win. “And I said with Ronda Rousey, the way to beat Ronda isn’t to beat her physically, it’s to beat her mentally. So I said before I went in there that she was already beat — and I was right.”

      After losing, Rousey hasn’t been around much, and Lynch attributes that to her being a sore loser. Despite the ribbing, Lynch still respects Rousey, praising her athletic ability. With both titles in hand, Lynch will now prepare to pull double duty in the coming weeks, with title matches against both Lacey Evans and Charlotte Flair set for Money in the Bank. Needless to say, Lynch is dedicated to being the best champion, and showing why she’s deserving of the title consistently.

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      Ronda Rousey’s downfall is a cautionary tale to UFC fighters

      Ronda Rousey’s head was snapped back enough times in the opening moments of her return to the UFC for the crowd to see what was coming. Defeat and despair, yes. Victory and redemption, no.

      “I knew if I had a chance in the beginning of the fight, if she gives me the opportunity, that I would finish her there,” said Amanda Nunes, who battered Rousey on Friday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas to retain the UFC bantamweight title for the first time.

      Forty-eight seconds after the opening bell, Rousey’s night and perhaps her career had been ended by 27 strikes that contorted the former champion’s face in awful ways. This was the worst case scenario for Rousey, whose record now stands at 12-2. An all hands on deck moment met with a meek response, the kind of performance that we don’t see from great competitors.

      Many of the 18,533 spectators at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, a record attendance for an MMA event in Nevada, went wild when Rousey stepped on to the floor wearing her familiar glare.

      Fighting is a gritty, emotional exercise in which statistics often mean nothing. But prior to Friday’s bout, one foreboding figure loomed for the challenger.

      Nunes, a boxer/puncher with a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, had averaged as many strikes per round as any fighter scheduled to compete at UFC 207, while Rousey, the deposed queen of MMA, had been hit the most.

      Bad numbers for anyone, let alone a fighter making her first appearance in the Octagon since Holly Holm crushed her with strikes 13 months ago. The disparity couldn’t be ignored, and one of the major questions surrounding Rousey in the lead-up to her return centred on whether or not she could handle being punched again. She could not.

      Fast victories

      For months there was speculation that she had been significantly altered by the loss to Holm. The joy of producing dominant fast victories was gone, replaced by the harsh reality that comes with experiencing what it’s like to lose by having a shin slammed into your neck.

      So Rousey did the only thing she could to deal with what happened. She tried to disappear, a tactic that included sequestering herself from fans and media during fight week .

      Rousey’s bubble did not serve her well in the end, Nunes said. By skipping the normal traditions of fight week, Rousey created tension and sparked questions where there weren’t any.

      She may have sought to alleviate stress by avoiding it, but that rarely works particularly when pressure is on the verge of being turned up. And that was exactly what Nunes had in mind as she unloaded heavy punches in Rousey’s direction from the start of the fight.

      It seemed only Rousey’s controversial and maligned trainer Edmond Tarverdyan remained entranced with the idea that his fighter had the chops to draw out Nunes. From his corner, Tarverdyan shouted in increasingly shrill tones as each punch connected. Just as he had when Rousey went down to Holm in Australia, Tarverdyan raved like a madman who could not comprehend what he was seeing.

      “I knew she’s going to strike with me because her boxing coach told her she has good striking,” Nunes said. “She thinks she’s a boxer. He put this in her head and made the girl believe that. She has great judo and she could go more forward in this division, but he put some crazy thing about his boxing and her career went down.”


      After referee Herb Dean rescued Rousey from further punishment, Nunes walked over to an inconsolable Tarverdyan and put a finger to her mouth: “Shush”. Then Nunes went to Rousey and offered a hug.

      The story will be focused on Rousey for a while, but Nunes hopes the world accepts that it’s time to move on and that some attention is shifted her direction.

      Rousey, she said, is done. If true that makes Rousey the second female MMA pioneer Nunes will have retired in 2016. Miesha Tate called it quits when Nunes hammered her in July to capture the belt at UFC 200.

      “Now the division is getting interesting,” Nunes said. “New everything. Now people aren’t only going to talk about Ronda Rousey or Miesha. There’s a lot of talent in this division. People will see this and make up their mind. This is MMA. You have to keep moving forward.”

      The UFC president, Dana White, later said that Rousey was in better spirits than she had been after the Holm defeat. But he is not sure if the former champ would fight again.

      “I don’t know. Ronda obviously needs to go home and take some time,” he told ESPN . “She’s very rich. She doesn’t need to fight anymore. She’s super competitive. Maybe she wants to, I don’t know. We’ll see what happens.”

      Rousey showed that in the UFC there is no height from which a star can’t fall. No limb he or she can’t hit on the way down. And no thud they won’t feel.

      Her stardom reached well beyond the cage, but no amount of fame could save her from a second consecutive drubbing in the Octagon.

      Rousey’s dominance then difficulty should serve as a cautionary tale to fighters everywhere. – (Guardian Service)

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      She’s different, and don’t care who knows it. Something about her…not the same. She’s different, and that’s how it goes. And she’s not gonna play your gosh darn game.

      What we have been witnessing for the past couple of years is a cold war between Ronda Rousey and the MMA media. Ronda Rousey has been branded a poor sport, ungrateful, and immature for not speaking about her losses to Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes. All the while, Rousey did not return fire. She did not want to partake in any war of words, but rather she elected for peace. The MMA media would have none of it and continued to fire bullets at Rousey’s door in the hopes of driving her out of her house to face them at once.

      It’s hard to gauge if Rousey has suffered any damage from the bullets. On one hand, there does seem to be a public conception that Ronda Rousey can’t handle losing and is a poor sport because of her MMA media blackout, but whether that has lost her many fans seems doubtful. Also, it is much more common to see negativity and dogpiling of a celebrity figure than fans coming to the defense of a celebrity on the wrong side of a media narrative. That’s part of being a celebrity. It comes with the territory. But how the celebrity chooses to cope with this criticism and excessive attention, however, is entirely up to that celebrity. Just as the journalist delivers a product to the audience to be bought, so, too, does the celebrity. But in the case of the celebrity, they are the product. The celebrity is the brand. How accessible the celebrity makes themselves outside of delivering their public performances is a privilege for those who would like to hear or see more from the figure; it is not a right the public is automatically entitled to.

      She’s gotta different kind of walk.

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      Did the MMA media help Ronda Rousey become the star that she is? Perhaps. But I’d say it was Rousey’s undefeated record, Tyson-esque speed finishes, and physical appearance that accounted for 85% of her fame. In other words, she walked the walk. And from there, mainstream media outlets like ESPN, ABC, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel, etc. picked up on her and gave her mainstream exposure. The media that is responsible for the majority of the other 15% of Ronda’s star appeal is the MSM, not the MMA media. And if I’m wrong, then, we’re less than 10 days away from UFC 224, with a main event that could use some buzz. So how about it, star weavers? We’ve got a champion who retired two of the most recognized and legendary names in women’s MMA in dominant fashion! How about using your magic to make her a star! I’m sure Amanda would be much more grateful!

      The reality is, you don’t see the same exposure and discussion around Amanda because the media is not in the star-making business. It’s in the star-following business. And when a star goes off the radar so that they can’t be followed, then, there is a blow TO business. But that’s not Rousey’s problem. What we can learn from the coverage of Ronda’s silence is that Ronda does not even have to fight OR speak to generate headlines. And since so many of those headlines are negative, it’s not surprising that Rousey does not want to participate in this world now that she is no longer contractually obligated to. In fact, if we follow the timeline of Rousey’s downfall, it isn’t Ronda Rousey who needs to provide answers. It’s the MMA media.

      She’s gotta different kind of smile.

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      At UFC 193, Ronda Rousey loss her bantamweight championship in devastating, one-sided, meme-worthy fashion. For a woman who had been built up by the mainstream media as this pop culture megastar and unstoppable force, and as someone who repeatedly made it clear that her dream was to retire undefeated, it’s understandable how fans and journalists would wonder how she’d respond to this loss. But we heard nothing. That is until Ronda Rousey appeared on The Ellen Show three months later where she tearfully confessed to the world that she contemplated suicide following her loss to Holly Holm. She openly told a national television audience that she thought about killing herself because she lost a fight. This was a far cry, literally and figuratively, from the radiant smile we had gone accustomed to seeing on Rousey’s typical media appearances. But somehow, there seems to be zero appreciation for how vulnerable it was for her to say those words to millions of strangers or, to my larger point, for how it is she felt about her loss.

      Fast forward to the end of the 2016, and Rousey makes her big return to face new champion Amanda Nunes in an attempt to regain her championship. And the same woman who earlier this same year said she contemplated suicide after losing would lose once again in a fashion that was just as one sided, but only much quicker. And once again, she fell off the grid, much to the chagrin of the MMA media. They wanted to know what she had to say about the losses. Her fans deserve it, they said. It’s what a good sport would do, they said. Well, heading into Wrestlemania 34, she went on ESPN and she spoke, all right. And it was an unmitigated disaster.

      She’s gotta different kind of talk…

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      On both Golic and Wingo and First Take, Rousey was rude, awkward, and abrasive. Even when Max Kellerman was on her side and defending her, the mere fact that he was talking about the two losses triggered her and she responded to Kellerman with biting sarcasm. The reasons for this are two-fold: One, she is not a good sport. That should be clear by now. You can’t force someone to be something that they are not. What you can do, however, is accept the reality of who they are and let it go. Secondly, and more importantly, based on how easily triggered she is by any question or comment about her losses, and based on her saying things like, “I remember walking away thinking God hates me,” and based on the very first interview after her Holm loss, where she discussed wanting to commit suicide, guess what, you don’t have to be Dr. Phil to see that the woman is legitimately traumatized by her losses. That may sound silly. You might not understand it. Maybe you can’t relate. I get it. But you don’t have to understand it in order to accept it. Sympathizing with someone who has been traumatized says much more about a human being than speaking about a loss in a competition. And by sympathizing, I don’t necessarily mean feeling sorry for her, but rather showing enough compassion to the degree that you can at least back off.

      …drives the critics kind of wild.

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      Rousey’s acclaimed Wrestlemania 34 performance and her comments afterwards finally brought closure to the MMA chapter of her life and the beginning of her new one. She says that for the first time, she is grateful for those two losses because it got her to where she is today. She then offered words of inspiration to her millions of fans, ensuring them that no matter how dark the landscape may be in the moment, in time, the sun always rises again. It seemed that maybe, just maybe, all parties involved could feel a sense of closure cascading down upon them. Then, she spoke….about not speaking.

      “We live in an age of trial by Twitter. What is really gained by stating opinion on anything? It whittles people down. It gets cut and pasted 10 times and it’s in (a) headline.” With the context of the above quote, I submit the ensuing controversial snippet from the Q and A hosted by Peter Berg:

      “(Public figures) keep more and more of it to themselves. Why should I talk? I believe hearing me speak is a privilege, and it’s a privilege that’s been abused, so why not revoke it from everyone? I don’t believe public criticism beating you down is the right thing to do.”

      Here, Rousey is complaining about how words of public figures are taken out of context and is “abused” by the media, which, predictably, is precisely what happened with this very quote. First of all, hearing Ronda Rousey speak is a privilege for her followers. That may sound outrageous, and it may come across as a very conceited thing for her to say, but if it were not a privilege, people would not be complaining for the better part of two years about her NOT speaking. Anybody who complained because another human being opted not to speak gives validity to her statement hearing her is a privilege. It’s a privilege not because she is better than anybody as a human being but because people care about her speaking, as evident in the coverage of her silence. Celebrity is a phenomenon that has existed for as long as human history has been recorded. It may not be logical, but it’s a fact of society: some people speaking is more valuable than others. That’s why things like speaking fees, autograph signings, and interviews are so valuable. Because witnessing the appearance and/or speaking of this figure is considered a privilege by those who have requested it, paid for it, or, in this case, petulantly demanded it.

      But here’s the quote from the very same interview that didn’t make the headlines and has virtually been ignored:

      “I did a whole lot of crying, isolating myself, (Travis Browne) held me and let me cry and it lasted two years. I couldn’t have done it alone.”

      There. She’s literally talking about the two losses. And she once again is stopping hairs short of directly telling the world that she was traumatized by the two losses. And once again, it is falling on deaf ears.

      So maybe it’s not about whether or not she talks about the two losses. Maybe it comes back to the MMA media thinking she owes us something. But let’s be clear. Ronda Rousey became a star through her own efforts in pioneering WMMA in the UFC and putting forth a campaign as world champion that has yet to be paralleled. While I don’t believe any figure is obligated to speak when they don’t want to, the “owe us something” narrative would perhaps apply more to performers like Mackenzie Dern, Sean O’Malley, and Mike Perry, stars whose fast-rising fame could much more directly be attributed to the overwhelming media coverage (along with company promotion, of course) that preceded any actual achievements in the sport. But it doesn’t fit with a woman who earned her fame in the Octagon much more than many people seem to give her credit for.

      In the end, Rousey has shown and, contrary to the common misconception, spoken on her two losses and demonstrated how much she cares about the sport in the process. Not everyone is going to appear and spout recycled platitudes after a loss like, “I’ll come back stronger,” “I’m going to grow from this.” “This is going to make me a better fighter.” Quite frankly, none of those things would have been true, so as far as I’m concerned, it’s best that she didn’t appear to utter these empty clichés. Rousey is a living example of the song “I’m Different” by Randy Newman that has been remixed throughout this piece. She’s different and doesn’t care who knows it; and she’s “not gonna play your goddamn game.” Oh, and by the way, she still doesn’t give a damn about her bad reputation.

      The truth is, from the looks of it, she won’t be coming back. And at the time, she did NOT think she was going to grow from it, but rather she sunk into a very dark place immediately following both losses. She has told the world how dark the place was that she resided in for the past two years was. She has cried openly on national television and even spoken of suicide. And overwhelming, the MMA community’s response has been,

      “Get over it. You’re a bad sport, and you are ungrateful.”

      Since Rousey isn’t directly addressing the MMA media and community, allow me to speak on her behalf:

      It’s been two years. Get over it. Accept that she is a bad sport, but do not let that turn you ungrateful for her great contributions to the sport of MMA. And the best way to show gratitude is to move on after a bad breakup without trashing the ex every chance you get. And who knows, maybe obvious rebounds like Mackenzie Dern will turn out to be the real thing. But whether you experience another great one or not, it should not prevent us all from showing gratitude for the great times we shared. In doing so, you would be behaving more “proper” than Rousey after suffering a loss. Because no matter how you spin it and how sour things ended, Ronda Rousey leaving the sport is a loss to MMA. Now all that’s left to do is to just be good sports about it.

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      Coach may have doomed Rousey’s fight, career


      It took just seconds after Ronda Rousey was battered to defeat against Amanda Nunes on Friday night for public scorn to turn immediately to the man who accompanied her to the octagon.

      Edmond Tarverdyan, Rousey’s coach, caught much of the heat for his pupil’s loss to Holly Holm 13 months ago and can expect more of the same this time around. The Ultimate Fighting Championship is a modern organization with a young fan base that spouts much of its opinion on social media.

      Tarverdyan should steel himself. Fair or not, he is about to become a punchline (pardon the pun) for bad coaching.

      While it is Rousey who must live with a second blemish on her record and the likely end of her mixed martial arts career, it is Tarverdyan whom many will hold accountable for a failure to improve her boxing and striking skills.

      Rousey was an Olympic judo bronze medalist and used those attributes to dominant effect at the start of her time in the UFC. However, she could neither match nor withstand the punches of first former world boxing champion Holm and then the conquering UFC bantamweight titleholder Nunes, whose fists unleashed a torrent of pain upon her more famous challenger.

      Some will insist that Rousey’s demise came from a lack of confidence, a failure to cope with the Holm loss and the aftermath of it. Some will feel it was borne in mental frailty, which played itself out in a bizarre media boycott leading up to the contest.

      Yet a more technical look points towards poor preparation. Women’s MMA is a very different sport to the one Rousey entered in 2011, and far more again from how things were when the UFC admitted female fighters and installed Rousey as its inaugural champion three years ago.

      Take Nunes for example. The Brazilian-born, Florida-based power puncher lives and breathes the sport, has made a comfortable enough living from it that she has been able to give it her complete attention, and set her heart on being the best in the octagon, unbothered by distractions such as Hollywood or photo spreads or a rash of commercials.

      As the fame of women’s fighting increased, thanks almost solely to Rousey, so too did the standard of combat, and it is the latter part that she could not keep pace with.

      It is harsh to say, but she was in some ways a one-trick pony. What a trick it was, the devastating armbar, to which no one had an answer. Until they did.

      Tarverdyan had no tactical answer to Holm and even less of one to Nunes’ blistering straight and overhand shots. Even with all that time to recuperate and prepare, Rousey did not learn an effective jab, the first and most basic tenet of boxing, one of MMA’s core disciplines.

      Maybe she was unwilling to learn, but either way Tarverdyan was unable to either persuade Rousey of the value of a viable jab that serves as protection as much as offense, or unable to teach it to her.

      Tarverdyan’s vocal critics include Rousey’s mother Annmaria DeMars and others close to her, who have long wished that she would place her career in the hands of another mentor. Rousey refused.

      Meanwhile, current UFC fighter Jake Ellenberger saw his career stall with a weak run littered with defeats under Tarverdyan, before switching to new tutelage recently. Another Tarverdyan fighter, Rousey’s boyfriend Travis Browne, has gone 2-4 in his last six fights, the only wins coming against the now-retired Brendan Schaub and Matt Mitrione, who is no longer with the UFC.

      This is an unforgiving sport and if you wait to make a change, you may quickly find it is too late. As recently as last November, Rousey was talking about retiring undefeated, while those who love MMA hoped she would stick around for a long while to build a glittering legacy.

      Now most want her to go, quite simply, for her own good.


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