Kayla Harrison, a former teammate of Ronda Rousey during her days while competing in Judo, expects Rousey to bounce back from her loss a year ago to Holly Holm in November 2015. Harrison, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in Judo, thinks the 29-year-old Rousey can find success again in MMA.
Rousey has a match coming up in two months against UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 on December 30, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Rousey was stopped in the 2nd round by Holly Holm, and the loss seems to have unnerved her in the minds of many MMA fans. However, we could see her find success and he results she had in the past if she can get her confidence back starting with her match against the 28-year-old Nunes. comeback
“People act like this is the first loss in her life, but it’s not,” said Harrison to MMA Hour via mmafighting.com. “She’s lost on the highest stages. She’s lost at the world championships. She’s lost at the Olympics. She’s lost on the biggest stages and she’s found a way to come back and be better than ever. So I’m not surprised at all and I expect big things from her. A true champion isn’t defined by when they win, but when they lose and what they do about it.”
It would be a great story if Rousey can come back and defeat Nunes to recapture her former UFC women’s bantamweight title that he lost against Holm. Nunes is beatable. We’ve seen her lose to Cat Zingano, Alexis Davis and Ana Maria in the past. What Nunes has going for her right now is she’s won her last four matches in defeating Miesha Tate, Valentina Shevchenko, Sara McMann and Shayna Baszier. Those are good fighters, and she dominated all of them. Nunes has fought twice in the past year, so she’s been busy recently, whereas Rousey has been inactive.
It sounds like Harrison should be competing in MMA. If she’s better at Judo than Rousey, then by all means she should consider taking up the sport. The only thing Harrison would have against her is her size. She might need to compete at 145, and that would be tough because the UFC doesn’t have a 145lb division. Unless Harrison could get catch-weights fight, she would be stuck fighting women like Cyborg. That would be hard for her to do, because the 31-year-old Cyborg has tons of experience at submission holds and with her striking ability.