On Dec 30th, 2016, Ronda Rousey returned to the ring “for the first time since her devastating loss at the hands of Holly Holm at UFC 193,” according to champions.com. The former dominant bantamweight Rousey was the center of the UFC women’s division for the duration of her first 12 fights and her bantamweight championship reign.
During the fight at UFC 207, the 207th UFC event since the UFC’s beginning, Rousey’s performance showed that her long hiatus from the sport put her at a severe disadvantage. Amanda Nunes, the current women’s bantamweight champion, came out strong against Rousey and finished her in 48 seconds according to cbsnews.com.
According to mmamania.com, “the entire women’s bantamweight division has been turned upside-down in Rousey’s absence.” This new upside-down nature of the women’s division can be attributed to Rousey’s loss and how blindsided she was during the fight.
The anticipation for the return of Rousey was high because she was returning after a break of more than a year from UFC 193. Due to the anticipation, when Rousey was knocked out for the second straight time, large amounts of criticism followed on social media.
According to usatoday.com, “In November 2015, Rousey suffered her first loss when she got knocked out by Holly Holm in a setback that sent her into seclusion. Three months later, during an appearance on The Ellen Show, Rousey told Ellen Degeneres that she was so despondent after the fight, she considered suicide.”
Now, what can Ronda Rousey do? Many have suggested so far as retirement because she has been beaten two times in a row.
Rousey has a record of 12-2, which is an amazing record. Two back-to-back losses mean absolutely nothing considering her strong record.
Regardless, Ronda Rousey has had an amazing career. In her first 12 matches, she knocked out all 12 of her opponents with 11 of them coming in the first round.
After the match, Rousey did not face the media. Mmaweekly.com reported that Amanda Nunes’ coach Din Thomas had some words regarding this.
“‘I think the reason why she didn’t want to do press is because she didn’t want to have to eat it. She didn’t want to have to face the public and go, ‘hey, I’m really confident I’m going to win this fight,’ and then get knocked out again. She did not want that. That’s embarrassing.’”