A lot was expected of Ronda Rousey as the former bantamweight champion made her long awaited return to the UFC Octagon. The marketing for UFC 207 was Ronda-heavy, banking on the imminent return of the former champ, even though the Olympian had imposed a media blackout for the event. Although she looked to be in stunning physical shape, many were apprehensive as to which Ronda Rousey would turn up. The dominator, or the woman who looked lost against Holly Holm.
For all the hype, Rousey only lasted 48 seconds against the vicious striking of Amanda Nunes. Although securing over 1 million pay-per-view buys, it appeared that the occasion was too much for Ronda to handle, as her nutritionist Mike Dolce believes she put too much pressure on herself.
Speaking to Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting, Mike Dolce had this to say:
"I can say externally, she does put a lot of pressure on herself to win, like most great athletes do in every sport. Ronda, I believe, of all the athletes I've worked with, and I've worked with the greats — ‘Rampage Jackson,' Randy Couture, Vitor Belfort, I've worked with some of the best ever — Ronda puts more pressure on herself than any of those athletes. She does have this unique desire to win, not just for herself, but to win for everyone who supported her, but also to spite those who have hoped against her."
Love her or hate her, #RondaRousey has been the catalyst for woman’s MMA inside the UFC. Climbing to the pinnacle of the sport, while becoming a certified global star along the way, it’s no secret that the former champ found her first defeat to Holly Holm extremely difficult to deal with.
“Ronda becomes rather quiet and standoffish. She needs her space, which is very important. Some athletes, they act out in a more aggressive manner."
In the months following UFC 193, Rousey removed herself from the public gaze as she contemplated her future. With the 29-year-old once again in the same situation, Dolce believes that the star will again seek the solace of her own personal space.
Calls have been made by Nunes for Rousey to retire from the sport, but only time will tell if we ever see her fight again.