Ronda Rousey was recently featured in an ESPN piece entitled, "Rousey Says She's Down But Not Out". She feels beaten down and was even quoted as saying she's "really fucking sad".
The language is familiar. The sentiment is well known amongst athletes stripped of their champion status. However, it seems this really dug deep into Rousey's ego, as this fight was highly publicized.
She spoke in her classic "off the cuff" style as she told ESPN:
"I need to come back. I need to beat this chick. Who knows if I'm going to pop my teeth out or break my jaw or rip my lip open. I have to fucking do it."
That was interesting to me. The fact that she referred to Holly Holm, the new champ, as "this chick" shows she has a little bit of an axe to grind with her. She is talking like it's a street fight that she lost and as if she wants to get redemption.
I'm excited for this rematch because there will be even more pressure on Rousey to reclaim what she believes is hers. The belt leads to endorsements, media coverage, TV and film appearances, etc. It's unclear if people want to keep tabs on her if she isn't elite.
We've seen great athletes fall off the face of the planet, for whatever reason. I compare this to a Tiger Woods-type deal. Once he started losing, we stopped hearing about him. Obviously, that was for a different reason under incredibly different circumstances, but the fact is the media likes winners.
She even mentioned she might retire if she can't win that rematch:
"I guess it's all going to be determined by what happens in the rematch... Everything is going to be determined by that. Either I'll win and keep going or I won't and I'll be done with everything."
I think, regardless of the outcome of a Holm-Rousey rematch, that kick from Holly Holm was incredibly crucial for the UFC as a collective group. Before, it was just a given that Ronda Rousey was the best female fighter, but there's an opening right now.
Holly or some other "chick" might take that throne, but Ronda intends to shut that shit down.