Ronda Rousey is no longer undefeated. Truth be told, I’m sad about this.
No, I am not an MMA fan or a have ever watched or plan to watch a UFC bout. Actually I hate the sport with a passion as well as their mush mouth fans. Making fun of clowns wearing “Affliction” T-shirts is so 2011, I’ve decided to shut myself off from the “sport” and its fans. But then came Ronda.
I have never seen Rousey fight still to this day. But she has single-handedly raised the bar of interest in UFC and MMA since joining three years ago. She has made it a must-see sport although I have no plans of ever watching it – even if she is fighting. I actually avoid visiting bars showing the “sport” (note the quotation marks). As I said before, I hate the fan base as they lower the IQ of the room by at least 50 points and that’s saying a lot since I haven’t frequented many bars at all in the last five years because of the high rate of stupidity within the doors of most establishments.
Like I said, I’ve never seen Ronda Rousey fight and probably never will. I’ve come to know – or know of her through a million of interviews on TV, radio and in print as well as the millions of pictures posted of her.
Rousey is very easy on the eyes. Yes, she is quite pretty. I admit it. But that has nothing to do with it… well maybe a little. While the former champ is very attractive, she comes across as articulate despite dropping out of high school (she did obtain her G.E.D.), a good sport with her interviewers and quite candid. Unlike most fighters and pro and collegiate athletes who rarely speak in complete sentences Rousey can carry on a conversation and despite her becoming the centerpiece of UFC she never beat her chest literally or figuratively proclaiming herself the greatest – like Muhammad Ali (who in my opinion wasn’t).
Unlike other fighters and athletes that garner the national spotlight Rousey is pop culturally aware and can speak on a number of subjects and has a sense of humor and for the most part is relatively humble although most athletes have a little ego. Otherwise they wouldn’t compete and attempt to become the champions that some become. It is usually her interviewer that keeps mentioning that she is (or was) the champ.
Rousey compared to most pro athletes is well rounded as not only is she an MMA fighter she also is a model and actress (the perfect woman for many a red-blooded American male). Her actual appearance of course did catch my eye and attention but it was also he way she carried herself that kept me interested. There are plenty of beautiful women out there but a lot of empty heads as well. Looks fade, personality rarely does.
The past six months we have been inundated with everything Ronda including Hardees/Carl Jr. commercials that seem to run non-stop (until recently ironically enough) to a public verbal sparring with heavyweight boxing champ Floyd Mayweather in which Rousey won in convincing fashion in my opinion. I was also fascinated by the fact her last couple of title defenses combined length was less than a minute – impressive by any and all standards. And that was part of my and others fascination with the former champ.
Of course that all came crashing down Saturday night (or early Sunday morning in the states) when Rousey was knocked out in the second round by challenger Holly Holms, herself a boxing champion before joining the UFC.
UFC president Dana White took Rousey’s loss worse than Rousey herself. Of course Rousey was still dizzy for a day or two after the loss. White was dumbfounded in interviews immediately following the fight. Rousey was his golden child, the one fighter than people paid attention to in UFC. And all of a sudden she became mortal. White was already talking about a rematch after the fight.
And while White was talking of a rematch tons of people including a number of celebrities started knocking Rousey saying she got what she deserved. These included Donald Trump and Lady Gaga. Trump of course was unhappy with the fighter’s endorsement of Bernie Saunders for president and I’m not sure why Lady Gaga was upset. The pop singer must be trolling for new followers on social media since she is so 2008 and has had more misses than hits since “The Fame”.
Despite her loss I’m still a fan of Rousey. Maybe it’s a schoolboy crush… I don’t know. But it’s not her fighting skills that won me over to begin with, although they are quite impressive despite Saturday night’s surprise. I won’t jump ship on the now once beaten former champ like a lot of people are as if she were the Titantic.
Monday on social media Rousey said she was going to get a little rest but would be back shortly to fight again. One thing I hope she takes into consideration. The best of champions have at least one loss on their resume. Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman and Sugar Ray Leonard all had at least one loss and made a comeback. And let us not forget about fictional Rocky Balboa. Heck, he lost his first title fight against Apollo Creed before becoming the champ and lost to Clubber Lang before regaining the title. It would only be fitting for Rousey to make a storybook comeback as well. And quite fitting as well.
– Dave Weinthal
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