Ronda Rousey's new chapter, so far, has been a lot like Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises. For most of the movie, Bruce Wayne is not Batman. He kept to himself, he's still broken in the traumatic events before; he's grieving. During the lead up to UFC 207, Rousey had not been Rousey.
We are now arriving to the part of the narrative where Rousey starts to become herself again. She emerged in peak physical condition in new footage and her words take the shape of epic speeches tainted with loss, and a determination throw that loss on its head and destroy it.
“After going through all of that, I have a much bigger point to make this time."
"I have more experience [than Nunes] being under the most pressure possible, and the pressure’s different," Rousey said. "I’m still the greatest fighter in the world.”
It's that confidence that Rousey will need going back into the field again. #AmandaNunes is highly trained, fiercely motivated, and will defend her new title by any means necessary. She must not be foolhardy though and become frustrated, or else suffer a loss that is much more likely this time. Or at least, not as unexpected.
“I’m still grieving the person that could have won it all,” Rousey said. “But I have to live up to the fact that I’m not her. That’s just who I’d like to be. And instead I’m what I need to be for myself and everyone else. You have to go through those stages of acceptance and renewed optimism.
After Batman's body broke, so did his spirit, but he healed his wounds, sharpened his mind and came back to save the city. He did it for the people of Gotham. The people that believed in him even when he was gone. This Friday, Rousey will prove if she still has it after her exile or if Nunes will claim the mantle.
“I’m coming back to win this title for the people that believed in me," Rousey said. "Everything in my whole life that I’ve always worked for. Everything depends on it. Everything is at stake.”