Reporter: Ronda Rousey had to be consoled after staredown
The chatter over Ronda Rousey’s behavior at a UFC 205 staredown still has not stopped.
Rousey is set to face Amanda Nunes on Dec. 30 for her first fight in over a year. The two fighters met on stage at a UFC 205 pre-fight event for a staredown/face-off to give the media photo opportunities, but Rousey ended up storming off the stage afterwards while UFC commentator Joe Rogan began interviewing Nunes.
UFC boss Dana White later defended Rousey’s behavior.
“She was never supposed to speak, and neither was Amanda,” said White. “My production guy screwed that up. It made Ronda look bad again – like she just stormed off. They were not supposed to do an interview. They were supposed to go out there and square off, and they were both supposed to walk away.”
Earlier this week, a Twitter user asked MMA Fighting’s Dave Meltzer whether it was true that Rousey was upset and had to be consoled after the incident with Nunes. He said it was.
@davemeltzerWON any truth to the reports that Ronda was upset & had to be consoled after a face off in NY? If true, she's done.
— CD (@codoll53) November 23, 2016
— Dave Meltzer (@davemeltzerWON) November 23, 2016
Whether you believe what White said or not, it sure looked like Rousey was upset that Nunes was introduced as the champion and interviewed first. Rousey was devastated after her loss to Holly Holm in her last fight and has taken over a year to get back into the cage. She’s also already talking about retiring soon after the Nunes fight. The loss to Holm seemed to truly affect Rousey’s psyche, who previously seemed invincible.