Ronda Rousey is officially making her UFC return at UFC 207 in December to fight Amanda Nunes, and the bantamweight champion doesn’t seem the least bit concerned about Rousey’s reputation.
“I 100 percent am gonna beat Ronda Rousey,” Nunes told TMZ this week. “I’m 200 percent (going to beat Ronda Rousey).”
Nunes went out of her way to compliment Rousey, noting that her upcoming opponent is the most “dominant” fighter in the sport and deserves a title shot despite critics saying Rousey should have to work her way back up to it. However, Nunes says she has trained for Rousey and knows exactly how to beat her.
“I know how we’re gonna beat Ronda Rousey,” Nunes said. “I’ve been training for Ronda Rousey since my first fight in UFC. I come from the same background as Ronda Rousey. I’ve been training Judo my whole career. I understand everything Rousey’s gonna bring that day.
“This is gonna be hard for Ronda because everybody expects her to win. She can’t. She knows that.”
If Rousey does lose, that will probably be the last we see of her in the UFC. We know how much her undefeated streak meant to her, so it will be interesting to see if she can still fight with the same edge she used to. If not — well, we all saw what Nunes did to Miesha Tate over the summer.
Ronda Rousey has yet to make an announcement on if and when she will return to the Octagon, and one of her fellow fighters believes that is because the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion is expecting a child.
On Thursday, Cris “Cyborg” Justino tweeted that she keeps hearing a “rumor” Rousey is pregnant.
We know Rousey wants children eventually. The 29-year-old said in an emotional interview earlier this year (video here) that one of the things that kept her from wanting to kill herself after her loss to Holly Holm was the thought of having children with her boyfriend, fellow MMA fighter Travis Browne.
White has said Rousey will get a shot to reclaim her title when she returns, but it’s looking like that won’t come until 2017. Perhaps Cyborg, who has insulted Rousey on more than a few occasions, is trying a new strategy to pressure Rousey into fighting her instead.
Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino is still trying to talk her way into a fight with Ronda Rousey, and she says she would even give up a shot at the current champ to fight the former champ.
In an interview with TMZ this week, Cyborg was asked if she would rather fight Rousey or Miesha Tate, who defeated Holly Holm back in March to claim the UFC women’s bantamweight title.
“Me and Ronda have a novella together,” Cyborg explained. “You have to finish a novella. Everybody wants to watch this fight. If you ask all the fans who they want to see, I think they want to see Ronda Rousey and Cyborg.
“I don’t know, maybe she’s scared. She’s had a lot of opportunities to fight me and she’s always hiding.”
And how would the novella end?
“I kill her, for sure” Cyborg said. “I would put everything she has said about me in my hands.”
It remains unlikely that we will ever see Rousey and Cyborg in the Octagon together, regardless of how many cringeworthy shots like this Cyborg takes at Ronda. Rousey is expected to return to action later this year against whoever the champ is at the time.
Miesha Tate has long had a contentious rivalry with Ronda Rousey, so it’s no surprise she’s poking her competitor once again.
Tate was interviewed by Conan this week ahead of her UFC 200 fight against Amanda Nunes next month. During the interview she was asked about potentially fighting Rousey for a third time.
“I’m at the best point in my career and she’s at the worst, so I think that I bring a level of confidence,” Tate told Conan. “I’ve been defeated before and I’ve come back stronger for it. And I question whether [Rousey] will be able to do the same.
“She seems awfully pouty about the loss and it’s like, we’ve all had losses. Either you get up and get back on the horse and come back stronger for it, or you sit out for over a year.”
That was a clear shot from Tate aimed at Rousey, who hasn’t fought since losing to Holly Holm at UFC 193 in November and does not look like she’s going to fight for a while. To be fair, more than just the loss, Rousey had a jaw injury that needed to heal, and she recently had a procedure on her knee, so some of the time off was necessary to recover.
While we understand Tate puffing her chest out now that she’s the champion — and exchanging trash talk with Rousey is something the two have always done — let’s not forget that Ronda is 2-0 against Tate and has essentially owned her. Maybe Tate should save her trash talking for someone she has actually beaten.
Ronda Rousey has settled her defamation lawsuit with her ex-manager, Darin Harvey of Fight Tribe MMA, and will make changes her to autobiography in order to avoid further action.
Harvey issued a press release stating that Rousey agreed to make changes to her book, “My Fight/Your Fight,” which was published last year. According to Harvey, the publisher “agreed to make material changes to portions of the paperback, ebook and audio book editions and all future printings of the book.”
Harvey had felt that little credit was given to him for the assist he provided to her career and that he was in ways defamed by the book.
Harvey also settled a legal matter with Rousey earlier this year where he was paid an undisclosed amount for his services to Rousey. He had argued that he had a contract to represent Rousey in fighting, acting, modeling and more. Rousey’s legal team tried to say that agreement was invalid.
Ronda Rousey’s ex-boyfriend Brendan Schaub fired back at Travis Browne over a random jab sent by Rousey’s current boyfriend.
On Thursday, Browne, who has been together with Rousey since last year, participated in the social media trend of “Throwback Thursday” by posting an old photo. The photo was of him beating Schaub in their 2014 fight. Browne captioned it by saying it was “satisfying” to shut someone up with his fists:
“It’s over. I have no hard feelings. I like him — he’s a nice guy, his girl. What’s there to say? Is there hard feelings because I dated your girl years ago? Move on, man. I don’t hold grudges. It is a bummer.
“I’m just glad he got a break from folding Ronda’s laundry to post.”
The origins of the issue here are unclear. What motivated Browne to post that? Was he trying to prove something? Who knows. Maybe Browne wanted to defend Rousey over these comments Schaub made about her.
When Ronda Rousey described the beating she took from Holly Holm back in November, she noted that her face was so injured that she could not even eat an apple. On Monday, the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion showed the world that she is on the mend.
In a video she recorded for Bleacher Report’s Uninterrupted, Rousey proved that she is now capable of taking a big bite of an apple.
“This just as of last night. No problem,” Rousey said proudly. “I’m biting apples again. I’m pretty excited about this.”
Rousey has clearly come a long way over the past four months. It’s good to see her in seemingly good spirits, especially after the disturbing revelations she made in a recent talkshow appearance (video here). Don’t be surprised if she comes out and dominates in her next fight.
Of course, Cyborg still wants a chance to fight Rousey. That became clear when she took a shot at the former champ after Rousey was knocked out by Holm. At this point, Cyborg will say anything to get Rousey into the Octagon with her.
Browne married fitness model Jenna Renee Webb on Jan. 9, 2015. By July she had posted photos on Instagram alleging Browne beat her. Browne denied all allegations and said Webb was trying to get revenge for him cheating on her. Based on the timeline, it seems the woman he was with was Rousey.
The timeline isn’t exactly super clean here — Browne was divorced 13 months after marrying and was with someone else within six months of marrying — but Rousey and Browne seem to be happy, and that’s really what matters the most.