Ronda Rousey-You have just been told…
Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has suffered a huge fall in form. During two bouts, at UFC 193 and UFC 207, ‘Rowdy’ was knocked out in dominant fashion.
Against Holm, Rousey was still on her killer streak. Odds makers had Rousey as a ridiculous favourite. Landing one of the most devastating head kicks ever seen, Holm started a chain of events that would send Rousey out of the sport.
Promoted by the new UFC owners like she’d never left, and ignored everyone in the process, Rousey was all set to ‘win her belt back.’ Perhaps the fact the new UFC owners were ignorant, or that they actually manage Rousey (WME), meant that hype videos were comically skewed for the former champ.
Much like Holm, but far quicker, Amanda Nunes shattered the bubbly of hype around ‘Rowdy.’ Now essentially retired, it’s somewhat sad to see a fighter, any fighter, simply giving up.
One current champion who knows a lot about long win streaks is Demetrious Johnson.
DJ on Winning & Ronda
Speaking with SI.com, Demetrious Johnson discusses his current 10-title fight win streak, and why Ronda Rousey needs to ‘grow up.’
It doesn’t mean everything, because I could lose. But I do want this really bad ’cause I want to have the most. So that means a lot. I hope it’s my biggest payout. I’ve been satisfied myself when I see a big check.
I want this super bad. But in reality I could lose. I could get knocked out, I could get finished. So I can’t really express my feelings on how much it will mean to me.
Yeah, absolutely. You know, people say, I visualize myself at this point. I visualize myself losing most of the time just because I’ve seen so many champions lose, and they don’t know how to take it. Their whole world is upside down Oh, my God, what am I going to do?
You look at Ronda Rousey. You got your ass beat, grow the f— up. It happens. It’s mixed martial arts. I don’t want to be like that. If I lose, I’ll be like, I lost.
Part of The Sport
Yeah, everybody has. Everybody f—ing loses. It’s part of the sport. Grow up. Look, Ronda, you lost two f—ing fights in a row, and you made more f—ing money than the women’s roster. You’ll be fine, don’t worry about it.
I’ve had that. When I had that feeling is when I fought Brad Pickett, and I never thought I could ever lose. That was back in 2010 when I broke my hand and I lost. I cried and I cried. Then I was like, I’m never going to feel that again.
Then when I lost to [Dominick Cruz], I cried a little bit. I was like, It’s part of life, you’re going to f—ing lose, I’m over it. I came home and nothing changed. Nothing changed. Nobody said, You f—ing suck, blah, blah, blah. When I started to win, nothing still changed. The only thing that changed is people started to recognize me more. So now that’s my mindset. Somebody came to me and told me: