Ronda Rousey (12-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) continues to be at the center of speculation after her devastating loss at UFC 207 on Friday night to Amanda Nunes (14-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC). Many have speculated that the former women’s bantamweight champion would be calling it a career after the fight, but at least for now she will take time to consider her options.
Rousey, who rose to stardom as a result of her undefeated MMA career, has now suffered two knockout losses in a row. Rousey released a statement to ESPN.com today addressing any possible return to the octagon after the loss:
“I want to say thank you to all of my fans who have been there for me in not only the greatest moments but in the most difficult ones. Words cannot convey how much your love and support means to me.”
“Returning to not just fighting, but winning, was my entire focus this past year. However, sometimes – even when you prepare and give everything you have and want something so badly – it doesn’t work how you planned. I take pride in seeing how far the women’s division has come in the UFC and commend all the other women who have been part of making this possible, including Amanda.”
“I need to take some time to reflect and think about the future. Thank you for believing in me and understanding.”
Rousey did not attend the post-fight media event at UFC 207 on Friday night. Many speculated that because she did not engage the media very much leading into the fight and after it that she was done fighting, but apparently that is not quite the case yet.
Bill Says: Hard to say where her career is heading from here. I do know that I share the strong opinion that if she does fight again, she needs to make some changes in her coaching. Edmond Tarverdyan has taken a lot of warranted criticism after both this fight and the Holm fight for not having Rousey better prepared to face strong strikers. Like her or hate her, Rousey certainly has earned the right to take the time and space needed to decide about her future in the sport.