Just 19 months ago, Sports Illustrated dubbed Ronda Rousey (pictured) as “The World’s Most Dominant Athlete.” Fast forward to New Year’s Eve 2016 and nobody, including UFC president Dana White, knows if Rousey will ever fight again after suffering her second consecutive embarrassing loss.
“I don’t know,” White said to ESPN of Rousey’s future. “Ronda obviously needs to go home, take some time. She’s very rich, she doesn’t need to fight anymore. She’s super competitive, maybe she wants to. I don’t know. We’ll see what happens.”
White’s BFF relationship with Rousey over the years is far from a secret. He spent roughly 45 minutes in Rousey’s locker room with her after the landslide defeat and said she’s in “better spirits this time than she was after the Holly [Holm] fight.”
I guess that’s a good sign?
Rousey, known by many for being a poor winner just as much as being a poor loser, didn’t attend the post-fight press conference after her loss, just like after she got humiliated by Holm 13 months ago to lose her bantamweight belt.
After that lights out loss to Holm, Rousey admitted to falling into a deep depression that prevented her from leaving her house for weeks on end. Rousey needed time to recapture her mojo before stepping back into the cage, and while she looked the part of a prize fighter who had all the confidence in the world, the biggest question entering UFC 207 was Rousey’s mental state.
How would Rousey react after getting socked in the grill by one of Nunes’ trademark bombs?
Rousey probably didn’t even know the answer to that question, but she sure found out very quickly.
Forty-eight whole seconds later and Rousey’s mean mug turned into a bloody one.
It was like deja vu all over again for “Rowdy.” The fight was essentially a wrap after the first fist connected. Rousey must have had flashbacks to what Holm did to her and went completely stiff.
While White says he has no clue on what the future holds for his golden girl, Nunes knows exactly what’s in store for Rousey, and it doesn’t involve MMA.
“Yeah, that’s it for her,” Nunes said at the UFC 207 post-fight press conference. “For sure, she’s gonna retire. She can’t take anymore. If she wants the rematch, I’m gonna do the same thing, because she can’t take my punches.”
The good news for Rousey is that she made a quick – and I do mean quick – $3 million for merely stepping into the cage on Friday. And that doesn’t include the millions more she’ll pocket after receiving her piece of the pay-per-view pie.
Retiring a multi-millionaire is a good thing, depending upon how you want to look at it.