Despite the other UFC 207 fights, the world was mostly obsessed with the fact that a�?Rowdya�? Ronda Rousey would be returning after her first-ever loss to Holly Holm put her in a year-long hiatus from the UFC. Just about every social media platform would be abuzz with results from December 30. Yet, none of the results would trend more than those of Ronda Rousey versus Amanda Nunes. It would take only 48 seconds for Nunes to win via a TKO over Rousey. Forty. Eight. Seconds. People are creating quite the fuss. Some are calling for Rousey to retire, others are saying she’s lost her touch. Personally, I don’t believe that’s the case.
First of all, two losses out of fourteen (not to mention her Olympic history) does not and will not define the epic career of Ronda Rousey. Think about it for a second. At age 17, Rousey would become the youngest judoka fighter in the Olympic games. This would be after qualifying for the 2004 games in Athens. In 2006, she would become the first female U.S. judoka to win an A-Level tournament. And, the first U.S. athlete to win two Junior World Medals. Not to mention, in 2006 she would become the first American to win an Olympic medal in women’s judo.
All of that is just her Olympic career, though. Now, let’s talk about her UFC career. She is the first UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, holding victories over eight opponents with just the armbar. And, holds a place in the record books with the fastest UFC submission victory in a championship fighta��a 14-second victory over Cat Zingano. I, like many others, could argue that she is the greatest female fighter in the world. Yes, regardless of the recent defeats. Sure she’s lost a couple, but unless you’re Amanda Nunes or Holly Holm, I don’t want to hear it. No one else would last in the Octagon with her. And, there’s not a fan of any fighter in the world who would last two seconds.
The year-long hiatus might have hurt her. Being a competitive athlete and losing in such a public and humiliating way would make even the surest of athletes want to hide out. And, find a way to get better. Rousey would have the right idea in wanting to clear her head and train in private. Plus, not fight anyone in the meantime and do her best to better her skills as a fighter. There’s a reason for wanting to be away from the limelight for a little bit. But maybe it wasn’t the best idea. We don’t know the training she went through in that time. But without staying active, without actively fighting other competitors, Rousey may have walked in blind and less prepared than she would have if she hadn’t taken so long of a break.
Now the majority of the world is screaming for her to retire. While you can see that I’m one of the biggest Team Rowdy advocates, I agree. She should retire. However, I would be singing this song even if she would have beat up Nunes at UFC 207. You have angry fans saying Rousey was still on her feet fighting. Or that she should prove it with one more fight. You have angry non-fans saying she’s too much hype and a distraction for UFC. And, that she should retire.
Then there’s the more sensible voices. The ones saying to retire on top of the game. Sure, she’s lost a couple. And while I’m sure no athlete wants to retire on a two-loss streak, everyone has their time. Put her in the corner of a young, up-and-coming fighter as a mentor or coach. She could create the world’s next great fighter without much trouble.
You’ve got to give it to Ronda Rousey. Despite constant flack and pressure, she has continually become an idol for young girls across various sporting platforms to be the best that they can possibly be. She continues to preach to younger generations of female athletes that there is never a reason to give up, but only to try harder. Don’t let two losses fool you. Ronda Rousey is nothing less than the best.