Ronda Rousey has just signed a three-movie deal with Lifetime network, giving further indication to many fans that her mixed martial arts (MMA) career may be drawing to a close.
Ronda was considered one of few invincible fighters in the octagon heading into her UFC 193 match with then-unbeaten Holly Holm. The veteran striker imposed her will on Rousey, landing punches, kicks, and elbows wherever she chose to land them through one very lopsided round before finishing the former champ off a minute into Round 2.
Ronda Rousey followed that loss by laying low for a few weeks and not granting any interviews until a couple of months ago. When she appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, she admitted to considering suicide after having lost her first fight.
While the admission garnered sympathy from DeGeneres and many in attendance for the taping, MMA fans have been a lot less forgiving, calling Rousey a pretender and remarking how “weak” she must be mentally to have such a meltdown over one loss.
Commenters on the Fox Sports site were particularly brutal on Thursday when the site announced the terms of Ronda’s movie deal.
“Ouch,” wrote one, “losing one fight takes her from being in movies with A listers to doing Lifetime television movies for idiots.”
“She’s going to get killed if she tries to fight again,” wrote another, adding that “she can’t focus on acting and fighting, you have to pick one or the other.”
Others called Ronda Rousey a “one-trick pony” and claimed that “real fighters can bounce back from a single loss, but not Ronda.”
The official word from UFC President Dana White is that Ronda Rousey will be back before the end of the year, possibly for a title fight between the winner of longtime rival Miesha Tate and Amanda Nunes at UFC 200 in July.
Rousey would likely appear on a card in November or December under that scenario; however, there hasn’t been a lot of enthusiasm from Ronda herself when it comes to stepping back into the cage.
She didn’t even watch or keep up with the Tate-Holly Holm fight in which Tate took out the woman who had just demolished her with a head kick a few months prior. White said that he had to inform Rousey of the outcome via text message that night.
The inaugural UFC Bantamweight Champion has also been busy with Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue shoots and the upcoming remake of Roadhouse in which she plays the star — a part she received prior to her devastating defeat.
If Ronda Rousey ends up never fighting again, many followers of the sport will not be surprised, at least judging by the online reaction.
— BJ PENN (@bjpenndotcom) April 26, 2016
When she lost to Holly Holm, there was the feeling that all of the holes in her game were properly exposed for other talented women’s MMA fighters. One of those fighters is the current champion, a woman who Ronda Rousey has defeated twice in head-to-head competition.
There is now a sense of where Ronda is mentally that Tate might be able to conquer her in a third match now that she has vanquished “Rousey-killer” Holm. If Ronda is not in the right mental state, a third match with Tate could be a career-ending embarrassment.
But if she were to win that match — she would be a favorite given their prior two matches — she would be in a situation where she had to defend the title, and inevitably Holm would be waiting in the wings.
Spoke to Holly Holm’s coach Mike Winkeljohn about no immediate Tate rematch, turning down Cyborg in Brazil, Rousey https://t.co/iUtPLLBmMf
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) April 26, 2016
But what do you think, readers? Is this latest Ronda Rousey movie deal a sign that she is done with fighting for good? Sound off in the comments section.
[Image via Ronda Rousey Facebook]