As they say, all good things must come to an end. However, some things come crashing down in spectacular fashion. Such was the case for former UFC champion, Ronda Rousey. Once deemed invincible, the mixed martial artist has now lost two fights in a row. The result left pundits everywhere speculating if this is the end of “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey.
The latest loss has some people wondering if Ronda Rousey was even that good to begin with. Critics went as far as to accuse Dana White, President of the UFC, of giving Ronda easy fights early in her career. They argue that it was a bid to market Ronda by gifting her easy fights against less established fighters.
The Last Hurrah
2016 may have dealt one final death blow before it was over — to the UFC career of Ronda Rousey. UFC 207 took place on December 30th. What was billed to be Ronda’s triumphant return to the octagon didn’t go according to plan.
The fan favorite was knocked down to ground after a flurry of punches by the defending champion, Amanda Nunes. To make matters worse, it took a mere 48 seconds for the once untouchable phenom to go down. Many analysts conclude that the physical wounds from this fight will recover long before the mental damage can be amended.
This wasn’t the first time Ronda was outclassed in the Octagon. On November 15, 2015, during UFC 193, Ronda was knocked out in the 2nd round by Holly Holm. It was a salvo of head kicks and punches that did her in during that bout.
Ronda admitted that she didn’t take the loss well. The fighter went into deep depression and even contemplated suicide. However, after pondering over the idea of retirement, Ronda trained for one year before getting back into the octagon this past December. And we all know how that turned out. Now the question on everyone’s mind is how Ronda will take this loss and if we’ll ever see her in the octagon again.
The Next Chapter
For her part, Ronda Rousey has released a statement reading: “I need to take some time to reflect and think about the future. Thank you for believing in me and understanding.”
However, it is important to keep in mind that prior to these last two fights, Ronda had won 12 bouts in a row. Incredibly, only one of those challengers even made it out of the first round. So it wouldn’t be too smart to count this champion out.