Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey posted on social media on Monday in quoting Harry Potter writer J.K. Rowling, talking of hitting “rock bottom.”
It’s kind of fitting for the 29-year-old Rousey, because she was stopped in 48 seconds by champion Amanda Nunes in the 1st round at UFC 207 on December 30th last month in Las Vegas, Nevada. It wasn’t much of a fight to be honest. Rousey looked timid at the start of the fight. Nunes then started nailing Rousey with power shots to the head, none of which she attempted to block.
Nunes continued to nail the badly hurt Rousey until the fight was halted. It’s interested that Rousey never even attempted to grab Nunes to use one of her Judo throws. It would have made all the sense in the world for Rousey to try and close the distance as quickly as possible to grab Nunes to prevent her from using her superior striking ability.
Here’s the quote Rousey used from Rowling:
“And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”
The good news is Rousey hasn’t retired yet from MMA competition. She’s still thinking things over to decide which way she wants to go in. Rousey has movie offers, and she plenty of money that she’s made in the sport and obviously with endorsements.
The thing is if Rousey does choose to continue her UFC career, then she’s going to need to put more work into improving her stand-up game, because she’s too limited in that part of her game to beat the top fighters. Rousey could neutralize the ability of her opponents to dominate her from the stand-up position if she would quickly attack them, but she doesn’t seem to be doing that as of late.
Rousey’s loss to Nunes was her second straight knockout loss. She was beaten by Holly Holm by a 2nd round knockout in November 2015 at UFC 193.
Rousey made this statement to ESPN.com about her career:
“I need to take some time to reflect and think about the future. Thank you for believing in me and understanding,” said Rousey. “Sometimes — even when you prepare and give everything you have and want something so badly — it doesn’t work how you planned.”