After Ronda Rousey (pictured) was exposed, embarrassed and obliterated by Holly Holm 13 months ago at UFC 193 to lose her once-untouchable UFC bantamweight belt, many MMA fans thought that would be the last they’d seen of the 29-year-old inside the octagon.
With cover girl looks and Hollywood waiting in the wings, what would be the reason to return to a sport where fans cheered louder when she lost than when she annihilated any of her previous 12 victims?
The answer seems obvious, right? Why does anyone do anything they don’t want to do? Because they have to in order to make money.
Not Rousey, however.
“If money is the motivation, then f— that,” Rousey told ESPN.com. “All these Money people… Money [Floyd] Mayweather, Money [Conor] McGregor. I see they’re trying to do an angle or whatever. People buy it.
“The worship of money in our society is so deep. But just because that’s the easiest way to keep people’s attention or entertain them doesn’t mean that’s the right way.”
Rousey is the only fighter on the UFC roster that could make more money away from the cage than inside of it, and there would be no physical risk involved. It certainly seems like a win-win for her to walk away after all she had done to single-handedly build the UFC women’s bantamweight division and help push the sport closer to mainstream acceptance in just three UFC years.
Gina Carano was Ronda Rousey long before “Rowdy” became RONDA ROUSEY and she hasn’t been seen since getting plastered by Cris “Cyborg” Justino over seven years ago. Carano took her talents to Hollywood, where her body and brain cells are safe and sound.
Nobody could blame Rousey for heading for the Hollywood hills, so why not bounce?
Well, because “FTA.”
That’s Rousey’s new mantra, which stands for F–k Them All.
FTA to all the haters, which there is never a shortage of in this tiny MMA bubble, fellow fighters who threw dirt on her illustrious MMA grave before she was even dead, media outlets who turned on her the second she was made mortal, critics, doubters and naysayers.
However, mamma always knows best and AnnMaria De Mars told her daughter that FTA is a BS reason to keep fighting.
“F–k everybody is not a good reason to fight,” De Mars told Rousey. “I think that’s stupid and bulls–t.”
So, as Rousey continued her training camp secluded in the cold mountains somewhere in Southern California, she discovered the real reason she wants to compete again. Rousey no longer wants to prove her doubters wrong, but to prove a point to her supporters.
“She sent me a text the other day,” De Mars shared. “She said, ‘I am doing this to show everybody who believed in me, my little sister, my nieces and my nephew, that there’s nothing so great that you can’t overcome it. You can never fall so far that you can’t rise up.'”
Rousey looks to reclaim her bantamweight belt against Amanda Nunes December 30 at UFC 207.