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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Ronda Rousey

Travis Browne threatens MMA fighter Michael Page for mocking Ronda Rousey

Travis Browne

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:

Browne caught wind of the video, and he wasn’t pleased. He threatened Page on Twitter and later deleted it, but Bro Bible captured a screenshot.

Page apparently was not intimidated, because he posted yet another video mocking Rousey a couple days later:

When you get coached by your…………. "FRIENDS" Great advice #headmovement #pivot #shutupshutupshutup @amanda_leoa

A video posted by Michael Page (@michaelvenompage) on

If Browne wants to take on everyone who taunted Rousey over her knockout loss to Amanda Nunes, he’s going to wear himself out. Just look at all the brutal memes we showed you after the fight.

Still, Rousey must appreciate the support. Her MMA career could very well be over, so she’s going to need her boyfriend more than ever now.

Jon Bones Jones wants Ronda Rousey to continue fighting

Jon Jones

There are a lot of questions about Ronda Rousey’s future. Not even the fighter knows what she will do yet, as she said in a statement that she needs time to contemplate matters.

But one person who wants to see Rousey fight again is UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Bones Jones.

Jones was asked by a fan on Twitter if he had any advice for Rousey, and he shared some.

Jones also said he thinks Rousey can still beat 90 percent of the division and has a lot of money to make in the UFC. Jones even suggested Rousey join and train with a new MMA team.

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 will ‘think about the future’ after UFC 207 defeat

Ronda Rousey

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.

Dana White believes Ronda Rousey will fight again

Ronda Rousey

UFC chief Dana White is a lot more optimistic about Ronda Rousey’s UFC future than many of the sport’s fans are.

White believes Rousey will fight again at some point after she fell to Amanda Nunes Friday night in just 48 seconds.

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.

Audio of trainer Edmond Tarverdyan during Ronda Rousey’s loss

Edmon Tarverdyan Amanda Nunes

Watching Ronda Rousey lose to Amanda Nunes in 48 seconds was difficult for any of the former champion’s fans, but it was even harder for her trainer, Edmond Tarverdyan.

Audio of Tarverdyan’s commentary during Rousey’s UFC 207 loss to Nunes shows the trainer begging Rousey to move her head, hold her hands up and clinch Nunes during the short-lived fight.

Here’s a look at the audio:

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.

Tarverdyan’s strategy for this fight makes one question his thinking again, just like we did with his strategy for the fight against Holly Holm.

Ronda Rousey mocked on Twitter after knockout loss

Ronda Rousey

What a difference a year makes.

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:

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Amanda Nunes: I knew I would beat the s— out of Ronda Rousey

Amanda Nunes

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.