Ronda Rousey suffered a brutal loss in the main event of UFC 207 over the weekend. The former UFC women’s bantamweight champion only lasted 48 seconds inside the Octagon with Amanda Nunes.
The cuts and swelling on Rousey’s face will heal in the coming weeks. But the mental damage that she experienced during the beatdown at the hands of Nunes will last forever.
Fighters don’t dare enter the Octagon without their confidence fully intact. Rousey’s confidence is shattered beyond repair based on what’s already known. Rousey hasn’t decided yet whether or not she will return to fighting after suffering a second straight knockout loss.
But many are already suggesting that she should hang up her gloves and sit on the sidelines after the poor performance against Nunes. She took a year off following her shocking title loss via head kick to Holly Holm at UFC 193. But somehow Rousey managed to look even worse in her return fight.
Rousey looked like a bully who didn’t know how to respond the first time someone finally stood up to them. In addition, Rousey had no answer for Nunes’ hard-punching style, which leads to questions of what exactly Rousey’s head trainer Edmond Tarverdyan was thinking.
If Rousey decides to throw in the towel and call it a day in mixed martial arts, she doesn’t need to be ashamed of that. In fact, many fighters have chosen to find the exit door after suffering brutal losses.
Their unfortunate fate will always be viewable on streaming websites. But in the end, they managed to be happy after all. Here is a list of renowned MMA fighters who got knocked out into retirement.
#5 Gina “Conviction” Carano
Rousey might be the sole reason why the UFC started a women’s division in 2013. But Gina Carano was responsible for spearheading the women’s revolution in the international MMA scene.
Like Rousey, Carano was the apple of the eye of many. But it came to a doomed conclusion when she faced Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino in August 2009 under the Strikeforce banner.
Cris Cyborg easily toppled Carano via technical knockout from strikes 4:59 into the first round to take Strikeforce’s 145-pound women’s title. Ever since her vicious defeat, Carano has never stepped back inside an MMA cage. It stayed that way as she found her pot of gold in Hollywood.