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Ronda Rousey May Just Return To MMA – And The UFC Needs Her

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It’s been almost two months since former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey suffered her second straight stoppage loss to Amanda Nunes at December 30’s UFC 207 from Las Vegas, and we still haven’t heard or seen an official public word from the “Rowdy” one herself.

Sure, she released a canned thank you to her fans shortly after the loss, and followed it up with a cryptic motivational quote days later. Rousey also surfaced – if you want to call it that – again on social media this week with the following Instagram post that could suggest she’s at least considering a return to the competition she once ruled for years:

#quotephase

A post shared by rondarousey (@rondarousey) on

That’s a speculative-at-best bit of info to go off of, yet it’s by far the most suggestive words we’ve got from Rousey in the weeks and months after her second straight devastating stoppage loss.

Her shockingly rapid downfall was of course set into motion by a vicious Holly Holm head kick in the main event of UFC 193, and many urged her to ditch her highly criticized head coach Edmond Tarverdyan and find a new camp, but she refused. That lead to another loss to the dominant Nunes, and many believed and still believe she will retire.

However, even a slim chance of her returning is big news for the UFC in their painfully tough start to 2017. With her and lightweight champion Conor McGregor’s statuses up in the air, new owners WME-IMG are finding out the hard way just how star-driven this business is, and they need both of their biggest stars back soon.

Rousey’s previously high-profile acting roles seem to be reducing a bit after two losses, and while she doesn’t need the money, fighting is in her DNA. It’s clearly going to take a broad change of scenery and philosophy, however.

What do you think? Will “Rowdy” ever return to the cage?

  • Wabbit

    Relying almost exclusively on a hip throw/armlock technique, carried Rousey a long way into her career; especially at a time when the opposition was thin on the ground.

    Royce Gracie enjoyed dominance only until opponents arrived, who were able to counter his limited arsenal and bring a wider array of skills to the UFC. Since then, MMA combat technique has evolved, with only a few successful fighters still relying upon a narrow skill set, such as Maia and McGregor.

    • james

      Not sure it’s relying on it. The training platform for female mma wasn’t huge when rousey was starting out, she got locked into a bad coach.

      There are also mediocre well rounded no style people who have significant trouble in mma. It has to do with coaching the athletes moment in time when it comes down to it.

      Khabib blasts people relying on his wrestling, he could be champ, Maia, easily could be a champion, Bisping isn’t exactly a wrestler or ground guy, Joanna J, nunes, all specialists. Let’s not pretend a generic mma style is the answer. Ask Matt Brown how that went for him.

      • Jess Fenchley

        no one complained about her coach when she was winning and then blamed him when she was losing. It never is or was her coach’s fault. It was that the UFC ran out of cans to feed her and had no choice but to put actual fighters in front of her who kicked the hype out of her exposing her as the true sham is and was. Only simpletons could not see her holes.

        • Jamie

          Jess the mental mess is at it again!!!!! Still upset and bitter and jealous of Rondas success hahahahaha!!!!
          What an insignificant douche…

        • james

          Lots of people criticized her coach. In fact if you can go back here and check I would be one.

          And your assement falls apart when you look at her record and compare it to any other female mma athlete.

          Cris cyborg for instance has the biggest list of cans in all of mma.

          Holm beat rousey, tate beat holm, rouse beat tate. Again your theory doesn’t make sense.

          If she had a coach worth a damn, she would have evolved similar to Maia or khabib

    • Juchi

      Well, Wabbit, one of those ‘skill strikers” Rousey lost to, Nunes, was TKO’ed by Davis, who in turn was KO’ed by Rousey in 16 seconds. 3 out of Rousey’s last victories were (T)KO’s averaging less than a minute per fight. The difference is that Nunes changed training camps to work on her striking and Rousey hasn’t. As most have said, Rousey needs to work on her striking, especially her defense, and do a lot more intense sparring if she hopes to come back and succeed.

      • Wabbit

        Holm was easily defeated by Tate, who was twice defeated by Rousey who was KTFO by Holm.

        Joking aside, Rousey’s fortunes (misfortunes) have been directly linked to her devotion to the coaching “skills” of Tarverdyan.

        • Shock Wave

          Eh, dude…
          Tate took 5 rounds to finally defeat Holm, hardly an *easy* defeat, then Tate lost one the 1st Rd to Nunes.

          That’s tells me Holm is a stronger champion than Tate was.

    • arch

      Rousey has a much wider grappling arsenal than “hip throw/armlock”. Shes displayed a wide range of throws and sweeps, and obviously knows more submissions than just armbars. You don’t get ranked a 4th dan and medal in the olympics only knowing one throw and one sub. You just have to watch the second Meisha fight to see both.

      • Wabbit

        Naturally, the Olympic bronze medalist has a broad range of techniques; it is indisputable, however, she built her impressive record on a particular combination.

        • arch

          No doubt her favorite submission is the armlock, but she certainly doesn’t favour a particular throw.

  • Herman A

    Ronda’s only hope: Change coaches and get into a high caliber fight camp, like Tri-Star or Jackson-Wink. Frankly, as Rousey is such a freaking diva, I don’t see it happening.

  • Juan Diablo

    She ain’t coming back, she just misses the attention and this post got people chatting about her again but it didn’t commit her to anything. She’s trying to validate herself after her “movie career” shriveled up

  • RayFromDa Bay

    She’ll be back in the cage…..wearing a bikini holding up the Round 2 card, blowing kisses into the camera.

    • Jamie

      And she would still pull 1 mill PPVs

      • Shadow

        Exactly.

        • Jess Fenchley

          No. Her last fight killed her numbers completely for the future. Unless you’re still a simpleton that is falling for the UFC hype, like Jamie Eyeles.

          • Jamie

            3 million in 48 seconds with over 1 million ppvs. What have you done inbred other than follow me?
            Nothing and you never will hahahaha!!!!!

  • Justin Cortimi Curtright

    She needs a real gym. Like AKA or TAM. Then we would see a monster.

    • leonaidis

      She wouldn’t fare well at a gym full of killers, her ego needs for her to be the alfa at the gym. Her two losses have been devastating to her ego, and I don’t think she is the kinda person to be humbled. And at AKA she would have to be humble, she wouldn’t be near the top fighters there.

      Humble would be good for her, but I’m not sure she can do it.

      • Justin Cortimi Curtright

        That’s exactly what she needs though, is an ego check more than anything. How to lose and come back. Every UFC champ besides her has lost and come back, and that’s a skill she could learn there.

        • leonaidis

          It’s what she needs, but can she handle it? I don’t think so.

          If she comes back, the ufc will give her a beatable opponent to boost her ego. I think the ufc main priority with Ronda is to give her her self-confidence back.

          But you are right, she should have a ego check, and I hope she does, and overcomes it. This hyping fighters aren’t good for anybody but the ufc’s pockets.

          How devastated will Conor be when he loses a couple of fights and gets exposed. What then when he runs out of excuses and yes men??

          A good fighter will be a broken fighter, and without the hype he had potential to become a pretty good fighter.

  • Jamie

    No surprises here. She always pulls in the numbers. Holly and Amanda have shown no one really is interested in them. Valentina may do well but might struggle to get attention as a foriegn fighter. Ive always said the ufc would need Ronda before she needs them. Seems I was right….

    • McGraw

      Of course nobody is interested in Holly or Nunes. One is on a 3 fight skid and the other is asking for big fights which she hasn’t earned yet. Where’s the interest there right?

      • Jamie

        Yep. Pretty much what I posted anyway.

        • Jess Fenchley

          That is because you are triple posting under different names to make it look like people support you and her. Pathetic.

          • Jamie

            FAIL IDIOT HAHAHAHA!!!!!

          • Jamie

            Go delete your account like u have done 6 times just to follow me moron hahahaha
            How pathetic can you get LMAO!!!!

          • Jamie

            Uh oh. Your incessant trolling of Ronda and myself is revealing just how demented in the head you are. Your dad should have wore a condom so your parents wouldn’t be stuck with a mentally handicapped spastic as you LMFAO!

          • Jamie

            I love that how I live my life upsets you. It must or you wouldnt follow me wherever I go.
            Poor jess the mental mess lol!!!

          • ????????????????

            This is the 6th time you have created a new account JUST to follow me. I know you are jealous of me. Just admit that and you wont seem like such an insignificant bottom feeder
            Poor jess the mental mess
            Pathetic

      • HowardMac58

        Hasn’t earned yet? You mean like the fight Rousey got after a year of cowardice and seclusion. As I recall, the very person to whom you refer, destroyed the former greatest female fighter ever. I’m pretty sure she has earned the right to get a fight she wants. If Dana was all hot and bothered over her like he was with Rousey, she’d get any fight she wants. Don’t see that happening, however.

        • McGraw

          Yeah great, one title defence and she’s already asking for big money fights? I don’t think so. Rousey the greatest female fighter? Nope. That would have to be Cyborg and Nunes just isn’t in her league. In fact, she’s ducking the most dominant female fighter.

          Nunes needs to defend her title several more times and make a name for herself first since she has no value to her name. She’s in no position to be asking for anything other than her next opponent to defend her title against.

          • HowardMac58

            The only chance for Nunes to get a “big money” fight is when she starts bangin’ Dana. My guess that’s how Rousey did it

          • McGraw

            Well Rousey defended her title several times at least, built the division, has name value and is a draw. Can’t say Nunes has done or are any of those things.

          • HowardMac58

            The UFC is a joke. Fighting ability takes the back seat to looks and the ability to act tough. I guess that does give Rousey the right to get big money fights. Classic reality TV

          • McGraw

            The only money fight for Rousey is with Cyborg but everybody knows how that will turn out or unless Gina Carano decides to come out of retirement.

    • Jess Fenchley

      No, you have been wrong from the start of your constant and juvenile views on Ronda. She only pulled in numbers because people hated her and wanted to see her KTFO so she would shut up. She took a full year off to train on one thing, and one thing only, and was almost beaten to death in under a minute without landing a single strike. NO ONE except simpletons like you who obviously don’t understand MMA would buy her PPV.

      It is time for you to grow up and except Dana and the UFC fooled you, sold you a DVD set, two picture (one signed and one unsigned), and stole your money.

      • Jamie

        You have been wrong since birth inbred hahahahaha!!!!!

      • Jamie

        No you are wrong as usual. Youre only born to make up the numbers. You have been hated since birth and are jealous of everyone. Must suck to be jess the mental mess.
        Go start yet another account to follow me hahahahaha!!!!!

      • ????????????????

        Funnily enough ive never spent a cent so you are WRONG YET AGAIN. The only fool here is you thinking anything you say bothers me. I just love how my life traumatizes you daily

  • The Lover/Hater

    If she’ll ever return to fighting, she desperately needs an impressive victory, or else, as the saying goes,”Once is enough, twice is too much, thrice is already dangerous.”

  • The Jouster III

    She is three arm bars away from a title shot. Great champions visit numerous camps and bring specialists in. I would love to see Rousey round out her game and return to take her belt again. I believe she is dedicated and talented enough. I have to agree with the other posters that a coaching change might be due.

    • Jess Fenchley

      She cannot grab anyone to do the one-trick arm bar, because she cannot shoot or strike. Done.

      • Jamie

        And you cant let go of your obsession for Ronda. Your done….

  • Shadow

    i hope to see her in that cage again, i love seeing her fight, wishing her the best.

    • Jamie

      Its not as exciting without her

      • Jess Fenchley

        True, it is quite exciting seeing her almost beaten to death with ease, twice. She is done. The hype and fake show daddy Dana put on that fooled simpletons like you is over. Grow up dude, you are a grown man.

        • Jamie

          Love it that Ronda has you bitter and jealous and angry and in tears about how pathetic you are. Kill yourself dildo 🙂

          • Jess Fenchley

            Jamie, her accomplishments are not yours, you know that, right? You are a GROWN MAN so act like one. Get a job.

          • ????????????

            So sad you are mentally traumatized by how I live my life. Most smart people wouldnt care what I do. So I guess you must be a braindead neanderthal with no life hahahaha!!!!
            Get a clue
            Get a life

          • Jason bourne

            Its comical with this idiot. It just follows you everywhere like some mentally crippled stalker with absolutely no life whatsoever.

          • Jess Fenchley

            You speak from experience, that it clear.

          • ????????????

            Dealing with you is all the experience JB needs to be familiar with IDIOTS.
            You have proven that repeatedly

          • Jason bourne

            You have displayed your idiotic mentality from post 1. Nice to see you are still as pathetically tragic as ever.
            GET A LIFE
            GET A CLUE
            GET A BRAIN
            GET A JOB

          • Jason bourne

            Anyone who reads your dribble will soon learn from you the true hallmarks of an IDIOT
            Well done idiot

          • Jess Fenchley

            Jamie, you are a grown man idolizing a sham. Pathetic.

          • ????????????

            Still hung up on me? Glad to see you still are traumatized by my existence.
            Happy days for me yet again!!!
            Thanks jess the idiotic mess

          • ????????????

            Jess, you’re a moron following me…..
            Grow up IDIOT…..

          • Jason bourne

            Maybe this jess IDIOT was dropped on its head multiple times when it was born. No normal person acts the way it does

          • Jason bourne

            You still hung up on jamie?
            You really are an idiot.
            Not your fault.
            Born that way

          • Jason bourne

            So now u must be desperate running back to a 22 day old comment for some form of validity. Your man crush for jamie is laughable. He must be loving how easily whipped you are by how he lives his life. Its clear you’re one of the saddest douchebags alive. Grow up child….

          • ????????????

            You do know idiot that its RONDA that I am mentioning? You really are tragically moronic….
            GET A CLUE.

          • ????????????

            Copy and paste where I stated her accomplishments are mine…..
            Oh, you cant do it? That’s because I never stated that……
            IDIOT
            GET A CLUE

          • Jason bourne

            Still acting like an idiot
            Get a life

        • Jamie

          Oh dear, jess the mental mess has thrown another hissyfit over my typed words. Love it how i live my life has consumed you. Get help spastic or kill yourself..

        • Jamie

          As long as Ronda is more successful than you, thats all that matters. She did more last week than you will in your welfare depending life.
          Jess the mental mess
          I love your new name!!!!!

        • ????????????????

          Yes it’s exciting watch you tie yourself in knots over how i live my life. Shows how mentally fragile and naive you are. Get a life jess the mental mess
          Nice name

  • Jamie

    As long as Ronda does more than jess the mental mess then thats all that matters

  • Shock Wave

    Ronda isn’t coming back, her ego won’t allow it.
    Now, she’s gonna have Travis Brownes kids, a bunch of tall, whiny spoiled brats that throw eye poking tantrums, that may or may not end in an arm bar…

    There’s a future we all don’t need!!

  • Jason bourne

    Not the same with RR. Its just lame….