UFC 207 of course saw the Octagon return of “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey. Rousey, the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion, returned to competition only to be knocked out in less than a minute by reigning champ Amanda Nunes. Prior to the bout, Rousey had kept out of the public eye for over a year. Following the KO loss, Rousey has gone back into hiding it seems.
The buzz was naturally extreme, given Rousey’s superstar status. Even after the fight, people continued to talk and give their take on what happened. Some fans had really terrible things to say about Rousey, while others came to her defense. Some were just simply shocked with how Rousey was stopped so brutally and thoroughly.
Ronda Rousey May Never Fight Again, Ever
One guy who was as shocked as anyone with how quickly Rousey fell from grace was UFC lightweight champ Conor McGregor. McGregor, of course, knows a thing or two about stopping opponents in a short period of time. He did the same thing to Jose Aldo at UFC 194, only it took him just 13-seconds.
Now that Rousey is all but completely out of the picture, many fans point to the glaring fact that McGregor is left all alone pretty much as the UFC’s only marketable star left on the roster. To be fair, there are still a few names out there with weight.
Jon Jones is of course one of the best fighters in the promotion. But his antics have tarnished his reputation. Then there’s Demetrious Johnson who remains one of the top pound-for-pound guys. However, Johnson just doesn’t have the personality or draw that really transcends the sport.
Only McGregor and Rousey have had that sort of impact so far in the UFC.
In the first time reacting to Rousey’s loss, McGregor shared his thoughts recently.
Check Out What McGregor Had To Say:
“When Ronda lost, I woke up to all these messages. ‘Now let’s see what they do.’ And I’m like, what? I love Ronda, I was always a big supporter of Ronda. Then she loses that second one and people are trying to make me celebrate, ‘now they’ve got nobody.’ That’s a wrong mindset. I don’t celebrate another’s defeat like that. That’s weak. A weak individual does that. People were trying to celebrate when I lost who had nothing to do with it. That ain’t the sign of a champion. That ain’t the sign of a true champion, so I couldn’t believe it,” said McGregor.
“We’re in on it on our own. What someone else is or isn’t allowed, and what somebody does or doesn’t do, has no effect on me and what I do. I’m doing what I do. She’s doing what she’s doing. Everyone else is doing what they’re doing. It is what it is. She didn’t have to do the media and got away with that — that’s great. If they had done that for me, I probably would’ve showed up at UFC 200.
“But we split the card. UFC 200 did great numbers, UFC 202 did great numbers. It also gave me that extra bit of time, that looking back, I probably needed. I probably needed that extra time. So everything worked out perfectly for me. So I’m sitting there and I heard that she requested no media, and they gave her media, I was happy for her because that’s what she asked for. And then I also didn’t give a f*ck. I was just chilling.”