Since UFC 207, everyone has been talking about Ronda Rousey again, perhaps not to this degree, though…
Ronda Rousey’s surge to prominence was halted at UFC 193. Dominating every opponent before Holly Holm, Rousey was the huge betting favorite. Unfortunately for ‘Rowdy,’ her opponent didn’t check the Vegas forecast.
After Holm blasted Rousey with a horrifying knockout, the jilted ex-champion went in to hiding. Unable to face the media and fan criticism, ‘Rowdy’ would remain hidden from the media, even after her comeback was announced.
When it was revealed Rousey would be facing Amanda Nunes at UFC 207, eyebrows were raised. Firstly, fellow contenders were outraged by her immediate title shot after a year off. Also adding to the debate were questions about her mentality, and whether she should have a tune-up fight.
Refusing to talk with the press for the entire build up, Rousey stormed off stage at every opportunity. When it came to fight night, the only storm was coming from Nunes’ fist, and struck firmly on Rousey’s chin.
The Queen is Dead, Again
The internet and fellow fighters even reacted with harsh barbs after UFC 207. One fighter in particular, Michael ‘Venom’ Page spurred a response from Rousey’s boyfriend Travis Browne.
Then came the stunning comments from another UFC heavyweight named Ben Rothwell. When discussing Rousey and Browne, ‘Big Ben’ cursed both fighters, and claimed Browne was a ‘man whore.’
“I have no problems talking shit on him because he brings shit on himself. He’s one of the guys – I try to be nice to him and cool, and the more I learn about him, the more of his history, he’s one of those guys that’s just a man-whore,” declared Rothwell.
“He’s a phony, and a lot of shit pisses me off with him. Why did you suddenly leave a great camp that made him good and move to a shitty gym that’s got a lot of guys losing? For me, I think it was a financial thing. He went there and found a sugar mama in his girlfriend. He’s just looking to get himself taken care of. He’s got some brains in, like, ‘Why should I fight? I’ll just get her to pay for everything.’”
“It’s a good financial move on his part, but it hasn’t done his personal career any good and a lot of people think the guy has regressed and he’s not getting any better. He’s lost his footwork, he’s lost a lot of different things that made him good. We’re going to find out with Derrick Lewis. Is the guy going to get motivated? That’s one thing about our sport you can look like you’re just out of it and forgotten about then next thing you know you can resurge yourself.”
“What matters is now. What’s she going to do now? What matters is six months from now if she walks away from the sport and never fights again, she never has to have her name brought up again,” added Ben.
“If she can’t come back from everything she’s been through and being put on such a high pedestal and making waves, then she loses two fights and she doesn’t come back from that? Well, then she’s a loser and she never was a champion. Like him or hate him, but Conor McGregor man, what an example. The guy loses, does the media, comes back, wins a fight and then wins a title fight. Dominick Cruz, like him or hate him, he faced the media (after losing his title) and treated it like a champion. They set the bar for the rest of us. That’s how we need to act, that’s how you handle a loss and she needs to learn from the rest of us now.”