So, it’s been two days since Ronda Rousey lost to Holly Holm.
No, the shock of the loss has not died down.
And, no, neither has the amount of Ronda Rousey jokes/hate has died down either.
OK, Ok! I’ll admit: I was really excited about this fight for obvious reasons: Ronda Rousey and Ronda Rousey going against a BOXER, Holly Holm. Holm is not just any boxer either: She is a decorated world champion boxer and has been regarded as one of the best female boxers in the world. To add even more to that, Rousey admitted that it would be a “tough fight” since Holm was a boxer. Because, apparently, judo and boxing don’t mix when going against each other.
I would’ve been happy if either one won.
There’s been lots of talk about Rousey being just a “big fish in a small pond”; that she hasn’t had any real challenges before. Women’s MMA is still coming around and predictions of more talented women fighters will eventually join.
The Rousey-hype train is no joke. Rousey’s presence hasn’t just been seen in the cage, but has dabbled into mainstream as well – she’s appeared in films such as “Furious 7”, “The Expendables 3”, and “Entourage”. She’s also set to be in “Mile 22” alongside Mark Wahlberg and Iko Uwais.
And, as a girl, I must say, that I find Ronda Rousey to be very, very, hot. People seem to agree with me: She was ranked #29 on Maxim’s Hot 100 on May 2013 and was even on the cover in the September 2013 issue.
I’m not going to lie: I do admire Ronda a lot. She’s the pretty girl, but really stresses the idea of hard work and self-confidence (granted, at times, it may come off as arrogance). Unfortunately, we live in an age where we the “role models” that we have are superficial. But, here comes Ronda, a girl who is, in my opinion, way prettier than any of those girls, actually has talent and is known for it, reminds women to be hard-working and to not be “Do-Nothing-B***’s”, and shows both self-confidence in personality and in body image. She’s the face of s sport – and not just any sport either. You would think a man would be the face MMA. Nope. It’s Ronda. People watch her because she actually is talented and entertaining.
Ronda doesn’t just stand there and look pretty.
I know I sound like the biggest Ronda Rousey fan girl right now. But, I’ve been seeing all these jokes and comments about her finally being “humbled” or that a bully got a taste of their own medicine. Alright. I get that. I’ve seen her get hotheaded. But, then you have to remember that she is human. She has shown it. I’ve seen her being a big time softy. Remember when she beat Cat Zingano in :14 seconds? What did she do? She sat down next to Zingano and tried to console her. Or, that one time when that little kid ran up to her and hugged her leg? Ronda wasn’t even taken aback.
Ronda has shown respect to other fighters who respect her. She just loses her cool when someone disrespects her.
As for her “arrogance”? I don’t want to make any excuses for her. But, you have to admit: trash talking does add interest. People would WANT to watch the person lose. Mike Tyson, Muhammad Ali, Floyd Mayweather…all “big mouthed” characters who brought charisma to the sport and made people want to watch due to their talent with their trash talking being the icing on the cake.
But, let’s talk about the fight.
What was Ronda and her team thinking?!?
I have never been so confused watching a fight before. Ronda went into the fight trying to box…when she herself said that she’s still learning more about the sweet science. She’s not that strong in it. She tried to box against a world champion boxer. I had the awkward seal meme plastered on my face.
Ronda’s boxing was just awkward. You could tell boxing isn’t one of her strongest elements.
Funny enough, Ronda laid out Holly’s game plan on Jimmy Fallon – Holly would keep her distance and would kick her in the head, which Ronda said “it’s not gonna go like that!”. But, it did. Ronda knew that the fight would be a long, tough one and that “on paper” and “stylistically”, Holly was going to be a real challenge.
I admire both Holly and Ronda. They’re both great women and athletes.
Ronda shouldn’t let a loss get to her too much. Great champions have losses too – Manny Pacquiao, Mike Tyson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Muhammad Ali, just to name a few.
Losing isn’t just taking a defeat – it’s also about how you learn and rise from it.
Oh, and even Floyd Mayweather, despite all the hype of fans wanting a Ronda Rousey vs. Floyd Mayweather fight, had something positive to say:
“I don’t think it’s cool how everyone is trolling her on social media. Certain things you have to learn. People will love you on Friday and then Sunday morning, it’s nothing but negative comments and people making jokes and people making fun about you, which I don’t think is cool. I’ve never been on the other side, so I don’t know how it feels. I’m pretty sure she’s a very, very strong person, but we still have to take into consideration that she has feelings,” Mayweather explained. “Everything happens for a reason. This was already written. Listen, if God says, ‘In Floyd’s career, I don’t want him to lose,’ you know what? I wasn’t going to lose. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t took a loss before. I’m not talking about boxing; I’m just talking about life. When you lose a loved one, that’s taking a loss. I think that everything is just a learning experience. In due time, she’ll be able to bounce back and make some noise again in mixed martial arts.”
Keep your head up, Ronda!