Ronda Rousey – Three big questions about her future
A little over a week ago it would have been amazing to think that Ronda Rousey would be where she is right now. One minute she was on top of the world, ESPN’s greatest female athlete of all-time, the most popular female sports star on social media and a supposedly ‘unbeatable, once in a generation’ fighter in the pinnacle of her career. One head kick later from Holly Holm and she was out cold on the canvas in Melbourne, her superwoman status left in tatters and with her detractors licking their lips, feasting on her fast demise.
Throughout the week since her defeat we’ve heard from all manner of personalities inside and outside of the MMA community about where Rousey should take her career next. Three key questions seem to dominate the discussion:
Should Ronda Rousey call it a day and retire from MMA?
UFC Featherweight champion Jose Aldo, spoke earlier this week on Rousey saying he doubted she would ever fight again: “I think it’s really hard for her to return to fighting,” Aldo said. “Her career has taken a different direction. If I’m making a lot of money doing movies or something else, I’d go that direction too.”
Could it really be possible that we see Rousey bow out of MMA after this shocking loss? Evidence would suggest this is an incredibly unlikely scenario. The facts are that Ronda Rousey is a former medal winning Olympian and UFC champion; you simply don’t achieve those levels of sporting success without being incredibly competitive. Anyone who believes that Rousey isn’t itching to avenge her loss simply doesn’t know the type of character we are dealing with here. Rousey is a competitor to her core and her defeat, especially in the manner it went down won’t be one that sits easy with her.
Should Ronda Rousey change training camps and sack Edmond Tarverdyan?
This is a lot trickier to answer as you can think of a million and one reasons why Rousey would be better of detaching herself from Tarverdyan. There is no shortage of people questioning Tarverdyan’s ability as a coach and he certainly didn’t help his case when he gave Rousey some of the worst corner advice we’ve seen in between rounds one and two of the fight last weekend.
There is a case to be made however that Tarverdyan has something that probably not many people have right now and that is the trust of Rousey. Tarverdyan has been there since day one of Rousey’s entrance into MMA and it’s obvious the two have built up a close relationship since the beginning of her journey. The ruthless and reactive decision might just be to bin him altogether, though one way of not throwing the baby out with the bathwater would be to bring new coaches and training partners to work alongside them both.
Many are suggesting that Rousey join a world-class team nearby like Team Alpha Male but is it best she goes to join a team where it would no longer be all about her? It’s an option for sure, but whilst Rousey is seemingly the target of everyone with an opinion she could be better off sticking with the ones she knows and trusts, and then bringing in new faces to supplement her current training to help fill the gaps that got exploited by Holm.
Should Ronda Rousey have an immediate rematch with Holly Holm?
Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm II at UFC 200 in July 2016 would make one-hundred percent sense from a pure marketing and earnings standpoint for the UFC; it would be one of the biggest fights ever and sure to make a killing on PPV.
Given Rousey’s filming schedule however, it would likely mean that this UFC 200 fight would indeed be an immediate rematch for her and it’s leaves her with little or no time to dip her toe back in the water with a tune-up fight. After suffering such a one-sided loss, the immediate rematch wouldn’t be the recommended path for Rousey as it gives her no opportunity to build her confidence back up before entering the octagon again with Holm, but her schedule simply leaves her no choice if she wants the UFC 200 payday.
Given the above, the answer to this question is mostly likely ‘yes she will have an immediate rematch’, but it would be really best for her if she didn’t.
These three key questions about Ronda Rousey’s future can be speculated about at length but the one person who holds the answers is Rousey herself. With the sport moving at such a great pace since UFC 193 it probably won’t take long for us to learn the answers.
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Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou Official for UFC 220
UFC 220 in Boston, Massachusetts has its main event. Stipe Miocic (17-2) will put his belt on the line for the third time against rising heavyweight star, Francis Ngannou (11-1)
Rumors surrounded the match-up for UFC 220 after Ngannou’s first round knockout over Alistair Overeem, at UFC 218. The Cameroonian heavyweight called for the fight himself. In his octagon interview proceeding his most recent victory, Ngannou stated:
“I’m feeling good… I’m on my way to a title shot”.
— UFC (@ufc) December 10, 2017
The heavy handed Ngannou has finished all of his opponents in all of his six UFC bouts. A streak which includes a kimura submission over Anthony Hamilton and a TKO victory against former UFC heavyweight champion, Andrei Arlovski. Overall, he holds a ten fight win streak. His only defeat came by way of unanimous decision to Zoumana Cisse, in his second professional MMA fight.
If victorious, Ngannou would become the first African-born champion in UFC history.
Not to be diminished, Stipe Miocic rides his a streak of his own into the beantown match-up. Five consecutive wins, five knockouts and the past four of which, ended in the first round. A victory in Boston for the champ would make him the longest reigning heavyweight champion in UFC history. Currently, Miocic is one of three heavyweights, in the promotions entirety, whom has successfully defended the belt twice.
UFC 220 will be held at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on January 20th, 2018. The pay-per-view (PPV) card will also feature light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, as he faces challenger Volkan “No Time” Oezdemir.
Ladies Fight Night 7: “Double Trouble” Preview
Polish women’s federation Ladies Fight Night is going to celebrate their second birthday this year on the 15th to 17th of December. Two days, two events with a lot of great bouts.
LFN in Poland is being titled the new Invicta FC. The Polish owners created this federation to give European women a chance to fight on a big platform.
Hosting their first ever event in December 2015, LFN will hold two great cards next week, that will feature women who have fought under many prestigious promotions, such as the UFC, Invicta, Bellator, Glory, and Kunlun.
Two days of fantastic fights, intensified by a double dose of sports impressions. The name is not accidental, LFN 7 / LFN 8 combines two events, during which the best Polish fighters will be shown, as well as the best fighters from Europe (including France, Sweden, Italy, the Czech Republic and Romania)
The stakes are high, and we are electrified by the clashes between warriors such as Żaneta Cieśla vs Silvia La Notte and Patricia Axling vs. Cindy Silvestri. Mainly due to their vastness of their experience in the cage.
In the fight of the evening, the talented Romanian Cristina Stanciu will face Magdaléna Šormovádo. Stanciu fought twice in the UFC, but she was unfortunately cut from the promotion after suffering consecutive losses to Cortney Casey and Maryna Moroz.
Judyta Rymarzak vs Marta Waliczek is an amazing fight between two experienced kickboxers. Both making their pro MMA debuts on the night, we will witness a one-of-a-kind duel between two kickboxing perfectionists, as they look to transcend their skills into the MMA world.
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