Ronda Rousey is one of, if not the biggest star in MMA history. She's paved the way for the UFC's mainstream success and thanks to her WME/IMG management, probably had something to do with the $4 billion sale of the UFC. In this current year, even coming off a loss which shattered her jaw and her invincible persona, she's going full-Cartman and doing what she wants. She's blocked UFC bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes on Instagram (an egregious diss), and she's barely done any media for her UFC 207 return.
Maybe it's because #RondaRousey felt like she was burnt out at the constant media obligations leading up to her fight. Maybe she really believes the media "betrayed" her. Maybe she's just trying to focus on winning the belt back. Regardless of the reason, #Amanda Nunes is out here, doing the work, making the rounds and she thinks maybe the UFC is showing preferential treatment to Ronda leading up to her grand return. Ronda has, after all, gotten all the promo love while Nunes is out grinding through the fields of microphones.
“The UFC wants to make it easier for her,” Nunes said. “So she doesn’t feel like she’s not the champion anymore. They want to make her feel like that, that she’s not the second [to me]. They want to make me kind of the second to make her get stronger or something. I feel like they tried … to promote her so she can be strong and see that. Like Ronda, Ronda Ronda, Ronda. But she knows she’s the challenger; I’m the champion. Nobody can change it. Nobody can make Ronda the champion. She’s not the champion anymore.”
She may not be the champion, but Ronda Rousey is the betting favorite, and even Granny Peggy is picking Ronda to dominate. If she does, will it be in part to her lighter media schedule?