Will Ronda Rousey Fight Again?

At the height of her career, Ronda Rousey was not only one of the most dominating fighters in the UFC, but she was also a rising film star who was quickly becoming a household name. The world seemed to love the mixed martial artist whose accomplishments included: becoming the first woman to earn a U.S. medal (bronze) in judo at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games, held both the UFC and Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Championship titles, and was voted the Best Female Athlete Ever. W

On top of her impressive resume, Rousey’s MMA record accumulated twelve consecutive wins, 11 of them coming in the first round. With a promising film career in movies like The Expendables 3, Entourage, and Furious 7, The UFC superstar appeared to be unstoppable as she dominated both Hollywood and the Octagon. Or at least that was the case until her encounter with Holly Holm.

UFC 193 was the beginning of the end for Ronda Rousey as she squared off against Holly Holm in front of a record-breaking crowd of 56,214 people in Melbourne, Australia. Going into the fight as the favorite, Rousey was maybe a little too confident in her ability to control Holm. As the first round started, it was clear that Rousey had underestimated her opponent as Holm used her southpaw stance and stick-and-move strategy to control the fight. By the end of the first, Rousey was bloody and exhausted.

The second round spiraled out of control as Rousey grew irritated with Holm’s fighting style which led to her downfall as Holm connected a kick to the side of her head, knocking her out. Labeled as one of the biggest upsets in the history of sports, Rousey was devastated by her first loss in her MMA career.

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Since her November 15, 2015 loss, Rousey has been somewhat of a recluse to the stardom that she once adored. After taking a two-month hiatus from the UFC and the media, she emerged from the blackout and hosted Saturday Night Live (SNL) and was a guest on Ellen. During her Interview with Ellen, Rousey opened up about the struggles she faced after losing to Holm, including having suicidal thoughts. After the interview, her fans continued to back Rousey even when she went on another media outage for 8 more months.

After several missed fights, fans were thrilled to see their champion back in action at UFC 205 but were ultimately let down when news broke that she would not be fighting. On top of not stepping into the Octagon for over a year, Rousey’s film career has seemed to come to a standstill as well. While she took time away from the UFC to make the film Mile 22, the producers have put the movie on hold due to questioning her acting ability. As for her remake of Road House, the studio has delayed shooting the film until May 2017.

With her rematch with Holly Holm long overdue, several missed opportunities to fight Cris “Cyborg” Justino, and film career stalling, many are left wondering if the once great fighter is starting to dwindle into obscurity. Dana White recently confirmed that Ronda Rousey would be retiring from the UFC, but didn’t go into too much detail about when. Rousey is scheduled to fight Amanda Nunes on Dec. 30th, but with just weeks to go, many fans are questioning if she will bow out as she has done over the past year.

Article by Chris Piner

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