Ronda Rousey hasn’t giving much information on her next fight, and neither has the UFC. Dana White revealed that Rowdy is guaranteed a title shot in her next UFC fight; however, it may not be against rival Holly Holm.
The UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship belt has been won by three MMA fighters since Rousey lost it eight months ago.
Holly Holm and Miesha Tate did not defend the belt that Ronda successfully defended six times during her reign, and she also defended the Strikeforce belt before the organization was bought and became part of the UFC.
Amanda Nunes, the first openly gay UFC champion, is yet to defend her title, and her next fight may be against Ronda Rousey or Holm.
If you watched the viral Ellen interview and thought Ronda’s ambition lay elsewhere, think again. “I want to win my belt back,” Rousey stated after being questioned about what she had left to accomplish at a conference hosted by Robin Roberts.
“I want to win my belt back” – Ronda Rousey
Whether Ronda Rousey gets the opportunity to avenge her loss against Holm depends on the result of Holly Holm vs. Valentina Shevchenko on July 23 this week.
Ronda recently shared a story about what her mother told her when she was set to face a girl she lost to in Judo, according to MMA Fighting. The message of the story can be linked to her potential revenge bout with Holly Holm:
“I was a little pre-teen when she gave this to me, because I went to the Junior Nationals and I lost my first Junior Nationals. I ended up fighting (the same girl) again later, and my mom, she like pulled me aside to the mat and she’s like I’m going to tell you what my coach told me when she lost the French Open and ended up winning the World Championships later. I’m going to tell you what he told me — ‘Winning’s a b***h but revenge is a m**********r. You go get her!”
Just when you thought Ronda Rousey was down and out..— JustBleedMMA (@JustBleedMMA) July 13, 2016
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This suggests that Ronda has the right motivation to step back in the ring, and her long absence may benefit her if she has been training extensively, working on improving her stand-up striking, and perfecting her dangerous armbar specialty.
Dana White hopes Ronda Rousey’s next fight takes place late this year or early 2017, but no timetable for her return has been announced.
If Holly Holm wins this week, she could end up fighting Amanda Nunes for the belt before Ronda’s return. Holly Holm vs Ronda Rousey is expected to be a blockbuster event; therefore, the UFC would probably prefer if Holm comes out victorious this week and in her second chance at the title.
Ronda Rousey recently shot a Reebok ad that also touches on her return and the concept of perfection:
“Wake up every day and don’t give a damn what anyone else thinks about you. You are exactly where you need to be and have a right to be there. In a world with such high expectations placed on women, it’s up to us to stay unapologetically true to who we are. Perfection isn’t an option. Because perfect never gets the chance to better itself every damn day. What does perfect never mean to you?”
#PerfectNever Repost @reebokwomen: Wake up everyday and don't give a damn what anyone else thinks about you. You are exactly where you need to be and have a right to be there. In a world with such high expectations placed on women, it's up to us to stay unapologetically true to who we are. Perfection isn't an option. Because perfect never gets the chance to better itself #everydamnday. What does #PerfectNever mean to you? #BeMoreHuman @rondarousey
In her absence from the UFC, Ronda Rousey still attracts endorsements, WWE interest, and fan speculation. A comeback fight could make her bigger than ever, but a second loss may dim her bright light.
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