It’s been a little over one week since superstar Ronda Rousey was blown out in one round in an embarrassing fashion by UFC Women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes (14-4) at UFC 207 on December 30, and she still hasn’t revealed to her fans and to the MMA world whether she’ll be resuming her career or not.
Rousey is still young for the sport at 29, but she has so many areas of her game that she would need to improve for her to be successful at this point. Rousey’s last two fights have resulted in her getting stopped on her feet by Nunes and Holly Holm. There was no improvement in Rousey’s stand-up game against Nunes from here previous fight against Holm from UFC 193 on November 15, 2015.
Holm stopped Rousey with kicks and punches in that fight. Afterwards, Rousey had a lot of time to improve if she he had hired a good striking coach that could teach her how to fight in the stand-up mode. Above all, Rousey needed a high quality boxer that could teach her how to use her hands and more importantly in how to defend herself from getting hit. Against Nunes, Rousey looked like she had no clue in how to block a punch or even throw one. She just looked like a wrestler type of fighter, and a totally unskilled one at that.
Here’s Rousey’s statement she made after her loss to Nunes:
“I want to say thank you to all of my fans who have been there for me in not only the greatest moments but in the most difficult ones,” said Rousey. “Words cannot convey how much your love and support means to me. Returning to not just fighting, but winning, was my entire focus this past year. However, sometimes — even when you prepare and give everything you have and want something so badly — it doesn’t work how you planned. I take pride in seeing how far the women’s division has come in the UFC and commend all the other women who have been part of making this possible, including Amanda. I need to take some time to reflect and think about the future. Thank you for believing in me and understanding.”