What makes a true champion? The success? The wins? The fame?
The accolades? To a minute extent, but the character of a champion
is shown in times of adversity, say for example, the demeanor
and character of Dominick Cruz, witnessed in the post-fight
conference of UFC 207, headstrong and ready to get back at it
again. Considering all the smack talk pre-fight, he still didn’t
lose much respect to the fans, because he kept it real, he believed
in his abilities, he acknowledged his opponent’s traits correctly
and made a game plan, when that plan fell short and he lost,
he clearly did not back up at any moment and never showed any
signs of weakness.
Now let’s rewind a year back, UFC 193, November 15th, 2015.
Ronda Rousey vs Holly Holm. When the bell rang, the first exchange
fired up and Holly connected viciously, Ronda’s jaw gave up,
so did her cerebrum, but she is still standing, her muscle memory
comes into play, what does her muscle memory know? To grapple
and grapple only, no matter how much Edmond Tarverdyan told
Ronda that she is the female Mike Tyson and he is Cus D’Amato,
she could not box, because she simply cannot, she has a false
perception of her boxing skill set, she did the only thing her
muscle memory is used to which is grappling, she lunges in to
grab Holly, but a beautiful evade and combination by Holly connecting
on Ronda’s face shattered her chin, unable to cope up with the
pace Holly Holm put her on, Ronda got knocked out brutally.
A head kicked Ronda Rousey is flat on her face, backstage she
is contemplating suicide. Her false perception of her own abilities
shattered, she does not believe in herself anymore, her movement
in the octagon showed how flawed her game plan was, non-existent.
Ronda thought she could out strike a former boxing champion.
She did not acknowledge Holly Holms traits, trash talk aside,
a smart fighter always respects their opponent’s traits, but
Ronda was told she is the best at striking too and her inflated
ego believed it… and she paid for it. To think she could beat
Floyd Mayweather and Laila Ali, makes me feel sorry for her.
The fans wouldn’t have been so unkind to her, if she had shown
humility throughout her career. She went up arrogant and now
comes down humble. She portrayed herself untouchable and the
fans expected her to back that up every time she stepped in
All these facts do not take away her achievements in her career.
A former Olympic Judoka and Bronze Medalist. She was the face
of Women’s MMA and regarded as the “Baddest Woman” on the planet
with a huge following behind her. Not only her impressive record
before her decline, but numerous sponsorship contracts with
major brands, roles in films like Entourage, The Expendables,
Fast and Furious. In 2015 she was the third most searched person
on Google. Tied with Connor McGregor as The highest paid athlete
in the UFC. Millions of fans snowballed to her support. A dominator
in her division, but a division of blinds, the term “In the
land of the blind, the one-eyed man is the King” suits her career
well, because it wasn’t long before someone with both eyes would
see through the loopholes of her game yet again and claim complete
and utter dominance over the division, which Amanda Nunes did
on December 30, 2016 at UFC 207 by putting up a spectacular
performance and yet again exposing Ronda’s level of competition.
Amanda schooled Ronda and put the brakes on her in just 48 seconds.
This defeat practically buried Ronda’s career.
Ronda’s run in MMA might be over, considering her feeble mental
state. But the question is… will Ronda recover from this fall?
Or is she going to retire once and for all?