Ronda Rousey reveals jab strikes were leaving her concussed throughout UFC career: ‘I was seeing stars’

Ronda Rousey reveals jab strikes were leaving her concussed throughout UFC run I was seeing stars

Revealing a slew of successive concussions forced her to ultimately call time on her combat sports career, former UFC bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey claims each time she was hit with even a jab during her fights inside the Octagon, she would be “seeing stars”.

Rousey, an alum of both the UFC and professional wrestling outfit, WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) – now both under the TKO Group Holdings banner, had been linked with a stunning Octagon return throughout recent months.

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And ahead of a monumental UFC 300 card next month, the Riverside native was linked with a slot on the card in a stunning return to competition, in the form of potential rematches with former foes and fellow ex-champions, Holly Holm, and Miesha Tate. 

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The promotion’s inaugural bantamweight champion having striked gold under the banner of Strikeforce to boot, Ronda Rousey ended her time in the Octagon with a devastating 48-second TKO loss to former two-weight champion, Amanda Nunes back in 2016.

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With an upcoming memoir on her career set for release, Judoka star, Rousey revealed that a long string of concussions led to her decision to ultimately walk away from the UFC – claiming even jab strikes would leave her reeling.

Ronda Rousey reveals jab strikes led to concussions during UFC run

“I had a very rich concussion history before I even started in MMA,” Ronda Rousey told Cageside Seats during a recent interview. “For my entire judo career, which was like 10 years, I actually was experiencing concussion symptoms more often than not for an entire decade.”

“…If i got any kind of significant strike, I would be seeing stars, which is not normal.” Ronda Rousey explained. “It got to the point where if I was getting touched at all, if I was getting jabbed, I was starting to get concussion symptoms and I couldn’t tell my coach about it. I couldn’t tell Dana (White) about it, ‘cause they would retire me. They wouldn’t let me fight. And I wasn’t ready to let go. I wasn’t ready to admit that I couldn’t do everything perfectly. ‘Cause that’s what I had to believe to be able to be at that level.” 

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Prior to her loss to Nunes, Rousey saw her unbeaten record come crashing down courtesy of an hellacious second round high-kick KO loss to the above-mentioned, Holm in 2015 – in a bout which she claimed she was suffering in almost initially