Ronda Rousey: "I’d Be Booed If I Went Back To A UFC Event"

Photo: Instagram/Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey was often a divisive figure in the world of MMA. Although she's been away from the sport longer than she was in it, Rousey still holds a significant presence. 

Her latest book, "Our Fight," released in February, has brought her back into the spotlight. In it, she opens up about her decision to leave MMA due to a history of concussions and her belief that the media treated her unfairly after her losses to Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes.

Rousey recently discussed these issues on the High Performance podcast, hosted by Jake Humphrey and Damian Hughes. She expressed feeling vilified by the MMA media, saying, “Everything that could be said that was negative was said, and I feel really vilified by MMA media at this point and not really welcome back, which is why I haven’t gone to a UFC fight since (I left). I’m pretty sure if I walked into the arena, I’d be booed. That’s how it feels.”

Photo: Instagram/Ronda Rousey

Despite some support from figures like Daniel Cormier, Rousey also faced criticism from others, such as Jimmy Smith. Reflecting on her experiences, Rousey said, “I gave them everything I had, and it wasn’t enough. But that’s why a lot of people don’t give everything that they have, because they don’t want to face it if it wasn’t enough.”

Rousey, who won a bronze medal in judo at the 2008 Olympics, transitioned to MMA and quickly rose to stardom. She was the first woman to sign with the UFC, largely thanks to her success in Strikeforce and her rivalry with Miesha Tate. Rousey dominated early in her UFC career, winning 12 straight fights, most by first-round finishes. However, her career took a downturn after her loss to Holly Holm in 2015, followed by a swift defeat to Amanda Nunes in 2016, marking the end of her MMA journey.

After leaving MMA, Rousey joined WWE in 2017 and became a prominent figure in professional wrestling until her retirement last fall. She occasionally makes appearances in other wrestling organizations but remains a controversial figure in the MMA community.

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Source: Yahoo Sports 

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