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What Will Happen If Ronda Rousey Doesn’t Win Her Comeback Fight?

Submitted by on December 15, 2016 – 4:49 pmNo Comment
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Two weeks from tomorrow, Ronda Rousey will make her long-awaited return to the Octagon to fight Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 in Las Vegas. It will be Rousey’s first fight since her stunning loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193 back in November 2015, and there are a lot of people who are curious to see how she will do during her comeback. Prior to her fight with Holm, most people thought Rousey was unbeatable. There were even some people who believed she might be able to beat Floyd Mayweather in a fight, silly as that sounded. But now that she has a loss under her belt? Well, let’s just say that the excitement level surrounding her career isn’t quite where it used to be. So many Rousey fans turned their backs on her and moved on to the next fighter.

Rousey sounds like she’s determined to change the public perception of her, though. She sat down for an interview with ESPN The Magazine recently, and she talked at length about why she wants to fight again. The truth is that, for months after her loss to Holm, she wrestled with the idea of coming back. It doesn’t sound like she knew if she even wanted to do it. But now that she’s had time to gather herself, she wants to win because she’s hungry to do it again. It’s not for the fame or the money that comes along with being a UFC champion. Rousey just wants to redeem herself, and in her ESPN The Mag story, she lays out the reasons why. “All I care about,” she says at the end of the piece, “is winning this f*cking fight.”

But what if she doesn’t win? It’s a strange question to even consider. This woman, who was once thought to be invincible, now appears to be just a shell of her former self, and it’s all because of one loss. But if she loses again for the second straight time, could it tarnish her legacy? That’s kind of the beauty of this fight against Nunes. Rousey is literally at a crossroad in her career, and it could go one of two ways: She could lose and almost be forced to seriously consider retiring—or she could win and show the world that the Holm loss was a fluke. Either way, Rousey’s fight is going to be intriguing and it’s going to prove once and for all what she’s really made of. It’ll be interesting to see how she responds when the fight starts.

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