Ronda Rousey has endured a tough couple of weeks, and that rough patch now includes having her home tagged with graffiti.
The Daily Mail published photos on Tuesday of Rousey outside her home in Venice Beach, Calif. One of the photos showed a portion of the exterior of Rousey’s home defaced with graffiti. It’s unclear what the graffiti said.
Rousey, 29, was defeated by Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 in Las Vegas on Dec. 30. It was her second consecutive loss following a 12-0 start to her career.
Rousey took a year off before stepping back into the octagon following her first career defeat. She hasn’t spoken to the media since her loss to Nunes, save for a statement shared with ESPN after it. On Monday she shared a J.K. Rowling quote on Instagram about “rock bottom.”
After winning her first 12 professional MMA fights, Rousey has now lost her last two times in the octagon. The first was a stunning defeat to Holly Holm at UFC 193 in a match Rousey was heavily favored. The most recent loss to Nunes came just 48 seconds into the fight.
In her statement after the Nunes fight, Rousey said she was going to take some time to reflect and think about the future. We will have to wait and see if that includes fighting again.
Amanda Nunes can safely say she is a better fighter than Ronda Rousey after she knocked Rousey out in less than 50 seconds last week, but that is not stopping the UFC women’s bantamweight champion from kicking the former champ while she’s down.
In an interview with TMZ on Wednesday, Nunes said she knew she could beat Rousey since the first time she saw Rousey fight in the UFC. Nunes was then asked directly if she believes Rousey is overrated.
“Yes, for sure,” she replied. “UFC made this happen (by promoting her so heavily). I’ve known I could beat Ronda Rousey since I saw her first fight.”
Perhaps the most insulting thing Nunes said was her revelation that she trained more to fight Miesha Tate than she did to fight Rousey. Assuming that’s true, it says a lot about how Rousey is viewed in terms of being the most dominant female MMA fighter of all time. Then again, we all saw what Nunes did to Tate, so it makes sense that she trained harder for that fight.
Nunes stands nothing to gain by downplaying Rousey’s skills, so she must truly think she is overrated. After she beat a supposedly refocused and determined Rousey in 48 seconds, you can’t really blame her.
After Holly Holm handed her the first loss of her career, Ronda Rousey credited her boyfriend, fellow MMA fighter Travis Browne, for getting her through a very dark time in her life. It would appear Rousey is getting that same level of support from Browne in the wake of her second loss.
On New Year’s Day, Bellator fighter Michael “Venom” Page joined in with the thousands of others who have been mocking Rousey on social media:
Jones, who is 22-1 in his career, hasn’t really endured a soul-shattering loss the way Rousey has first to Holly Holm and then to Amanda Nunes. But he has had plenty of down moments in his career, as he’s been stripped of the title twice — first for a hit and run and then for a failed drug test.
Rousey may feel pretty miserable after losing to Nunes, but most fans don’t want to see her leave the sport on this note. Perhaps she just needs some time to rebuild her confidence and come back to the octagon.
Ronda Rousey issued her first public statement since her UFC 207 loss on Saturday, thanking her fans for their support and saying she needs time to consider her future.
Rousey issued a statement to ESPN in which she was noncommittal about her future.
“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,” the statement read, via Ramona Shelburne of ESPN. “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 [Nunes].
“I need to take some time to reflect and think about the future. Thank you for believing in me and understanding.”
The 29-year-old Rousey has now lost two consecutive fights, and despite some claims to the contrary, there was widespread speculation that she wouldn’t fight again after Amanda Nunes defeated her in just 48 seconds. It sounds like she’s going to give a lot of thought to stepping aside.
We don’t know what Rousey is pondering at the moment, but we have some evidence to suggest this might be wishful thinking on White’s part. Rousey has said herself her UFC career is in the home stretch. She looked absolutely shattered after Friday’s defeat, and it’s a really big question as to whether she wants to go through all the training and preparation again having been so thoroughly embarrassed a second time.
At the end of the video, Nunes is seen going over to Tarverdyan to shush him.
You can tell based on the audio clip that Tarverdyan’s strategy was to let Nunes throw punches, as evidenced by his, “make her miss” instructions before the fight. Rousey let Nunes dictate, and once she was hit hard, it was over.
Just 14 months ago, Ronda Rousey was widely considered an inspiring figure for women and beloved athlete in sports. An intimidating presence compared to Mike Tyson, Rousey was a symbol of power, strength and beauty. She had made herself into an icon and role model for females.
And then so much of that crumbled in a matter of two fights.
First Rousey lost to Holly Holm in Nov. 2015 and was so broken up by the loss she had suicidal thoughts and needed over a year before coming back. When she finally did return, she stayed away from doing media events and insisted she was in great shape.
And then the bell rang.
Just like in her loss to Holm, Rousey was completely tagged by Amanda Nunes and lost the fight after being crushed in the stand-up game. Nunes needed just 48 seconds to destroy Rousey and win via TKO.
Afterwards, Rousey was mocked as is custom for the internet. Most of the mocking focused on a brutal photo of Rousey:
Amanda Nunes knew she was going to beat the crap out of Ronda Rousey, and she did just that.
Nunes retained the UFC women’s bantamweight championship with a devastating victory over Rousey at UFC 207 in Las Vegas on Friday night. The Brazilian fighter came out swinging and destroyed Rousey with a flurry of punches, leading referee Herb Dean to stop the fight after 48 seconds.
After her win, Nunes said that she knew she would “beat the s—” out of Rousey. She delivered on her vision.
Nunes thanked Rousey for what she has done for women’s MMA but said Rousey is done and should go make movies.
One has to wonder whether Rousey will walk away from the sport. She was already talking about retirement even when she was dominating the fight game at 12-0. Now she’s lost two fights in a row — in embarrassing fashion no less — and the mystique seems to have worn off of her.
Will she leave the octagon and go straight to Hollywood? That is a very legitimate question.
Meanwhile, Nunes is now 14-4, has won five fights in a row, and she is the class of the division.