Ronda Rousey is still holed up in her apartment, not taking the next UFC fight, but she has been vocal about Olympics 2016. She recently congratulated Olympics 2016 judo champion Kayla Harrison for winning a second gold medal on Instagram. Maybe Ronda is trying to inspire her to join the fight in UFC.
Check out Ronda Rousey saluting the 26-year-old Olympics 2012 and 2016 gold medalist on her Instagram.
The 29-year-old UFC fighter famously won a bronze medal at Beijing Olympics. She then decided that she didn’t want to train in obscurity with no money until the next one rolled around. That’s why she decided to take up MMA and became arguably the most famous MMA fighter in the world. Until her loss to Holly Holm.
Those who don’t know, Ronda’s mother, AnnMaria De Mars, was also a judoka, the first American to take gold at 1984 World Judo Championships.
While Ronda is still famous, there is a vacuum to fill in terms of the people’s fighter title. Ronda Rousey has not fought in over nine months, gaining criticisms from her rivals like Cris Cyborg, Miesha Tate, and Holly Holm, and even spurring pregnancy rumor.
There is a lot of bad mouthing, rivalry and high-intensity competition in the world of MMA, to the point where UFC was criticized for mongering drama out of proportions. And this is why the Olympics gold medalist Kayla Harrison is hesitant to jump into MMA.
“After a (judo) match, you shake the person’s hand and you give them a hug, and you bow to them to show respect,” Kayla said according to MMA Junkie. “In MMA, it’s not like that, and I don’t know if I’m made – I don’t know if I’m cut out for a world where you get fights based on how pretty you are and how much you talk, and not necessarily what you’re worth in the ring.”
Maybe Kayla Harrison feels out of place in the world of MMA because she likes to consider judo in its purist form. While she may be a two-time gold medalist in Olympics, she has yet to show her skills in other arenas like boxing, jujitsu, and other forms of martial art.
Maybe Ronda is feeling a little bit regretful that she did not try harder to get int Olympics 2016. While her focus is on MMA and her next fight in UFC, the post she made about Rio on Instagram hinted that she wished that she could be an Olympian again.
Instead, the 29-year-old west coast native is concentrating on healing herself after the loss to Holly Holm and hoping that she can make a big come back on the next fight. Many people are impressed by her willingness to fight again after having fallen from so high. She credits most of it to her boyfriend Travis Browne.
“To be honest, I looked up and saw that my man Travis was standing there, and I looked up at him and was just like, ‘I need to have his babies. I need to stay alive,'” she said. “I was thinking I was meant to have him when I was at my lowest. I wouldn’t have made it without him.”
Her next fight will most likely be against the new reigning UFC belt holder Amanda Nunes. She just beat Miesha Tate to become the first non-American champion.
“I’ve been training jiu-jitsu since I started,” Amanda Nunes said. “Jiu-jitsu and judo both together. I know how to block very well judo throws, I know how to use my hips very well. I know if Ronda Rousey is coming back, I’m going to keep the championship.”
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[Image via Ronda Rousey/Instagram]