Wow, as one of the pioneers of women’s MMA and a former UFC champion, it’s pretty crazy how Ronda Rousey snubbed this reporter from Australia…
Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has experienced the harsh realities of being a fighter and celebrity over the past four months, and it all started in the lead up to UFC 193 last November. ‘Rowdy’ was being packaged as the most dominant athlete in the game, and the UFC was pushing to make her a household name. It all got a little too much for some sects of mixed martial arts fans, who were very vocal in their hopes for a Rousey loss at UFC 193.
Lose Rousey did, and in spectacular fashion, to Holly Holm. ‘The Preacher’s Daughter’ snatched the title from Rousey, who was until that point the first and only women’s bantamweight champion, and in doing so opened the floodgates to months of drama. Fans across the world jeered and rejoiced in Rousey’s downfall, and she went in to hiding from the media. Resurfacing last month dueing a slot on Saturday Night Live, the singing and dancing Ronda Rousey was back, but not for long.
A dramatic interview on the talk show with Ellen revealed that Rousey had hit a deep depression following the loss to Holm. Even considering suicide at one point, it seemed the crushing knockout had impacted ‘Rowdy’ more than any of us had first realised. So is she past it? We might have been able to find out some more details, if the former Olympian Judoka was taking questions on fighting, which she is not. Check out this frustrated reporter from 7 News Perth in Australia being told by Rousey’s PR team that she’d walk out if asked about fighting:
— 7 News Perth (@7NewsPerth) 28 February 2016
So the woman that once declared herself the greatest fighter of all time, and said she could beat every women’s bantamweight with one hand is now shying from the limelight. Well, at least where talking about fighting is concerned.
Where’s this all leading? Personally, I doubt we’ll ever see Ronda Rousey fight again, not with how many movie roles are now coming out of the woodwork. Would that be a bad thing though? She’s used fighting to elevate her status, make some money, what more does the ex-champion need to prove?