Ronda Rousey’s ‘Rowdy’ Days Put On Hold

The first loss of Ronda Rousey’s UFC career was brutal and sudden. We now must wait six months or more for her comeback. Or just watch the new champion Holly Holm.

aNewDomain — Still “Rowdy?” We might have to wait six months or more to see.

As everyone knows by now, “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey, the seemingly unbeatable mixed martial arts star, was defeated by relative unknown Holly Holm last Saturday night in Australia. It was such a shocking turn of events that SportsCenter spent almost an hour showing post-match coverage on a college football night.

The whipping was so severe that Rousey has been suspended for six months because of the injuries she suffered during the main event of UFC 193. She could come back sooner if she is cleared by a head CT scan, but she definitely can’t have contact during training for 45 days.

The suspension probably doesn’t matter much since Rousey was planning to take time off to film a remake of “Road House.” Rousey is reprising the Patrick Swayze bar-bouncer role that included these memorable quotes:

”Opinions vary.”

”I want you to be nice until it’s time to not be nice.”

”Take the biggest guy in the world, shatter his knee and he’ll drop like a stone.”

”We’ve got entirely too many troublemakers here. Too many 40-year-old adolescents, felons, power drinkers and trustees of modern chemistry.”

How did “Rain Man” win the 1989 Oscar instead of this cinematic masterpiece?

Rousey, the former unbeaten bantamweight champ, reportedly required plastic surgery after the fight to mend facial damage meted out by Holm’s fists and feet. It was a shocking victory for Holm, who entered the bout as a 20-1 underdog. Several Las Vegas sports books reported losing money on the fight as bettors took a chance on Holm.

When Rousey came back to the U.S. a few days after the fight, her face was covered and she was surrounded by bodyguards and handlers. A humbling return for someone considered to be the toughest woman in the world.

The result was such a shock that nearly a week later, Rousey’s website still advertised her as bantamweight champ. Holm’s camp was much more prepared, offering a T-shirt for sale on the fighter’s website announcing her as the new world champ.

Still, there’s no reason to think Rousey is washed up at age 28. She will need to become more comfortable fighting from a distance, like a boxer. Her style has been to scrap it out more like a wrestler, getting her opponent on the mat for her patented arm bar, the move that helped her come out on top in her first 12 pro fights. None of those bouts lasted more than 4 minutes and 49 seconds. Nine of them were over in less than a minute.

Rousey didn’t just lose her abilities on the marathon flight to Australia. No doubt she will come back strong once her film commitment is wrapped up and her suspension is over.

holly-holm-ufc-082115-getty-ftr_1llx4nnezdfnl1brwkxdxu5dxpTo her credit, Holm has been complimentary of Rousey over the past week. On Dan Patrick’s radio show Thursday, Holm said: “This is a hard job to be in and a lot of people can’t get in there. When you get in that octagon, it’s one of the loneliest places in the world, because it’s only up to you to do it. A lot of people wouldn’t even have the nerve to be able to get in and just put it all on the line.”

She was quick to add that she would welcome a rematch, which seems natural given the money such a bout would generate. UFC’s CEO said Wednesday that the Pay-Per-View numbers would likely make Saturday night’s card the second best selling offering in the organization’s history. The final tally could reportedly end up in the neighborhood of 1.1 million buys.

Yeah, there will be a rematch.

For now, we have time to wonder if this is Rousey’s Mike Tyson moment. Remember Tyson’s stunning loss to James “Buster” Douglas in Tokyo back in 1990? “Iron Mike” came into the fight unbeaten in 37 matches and Douglas was a journeyman from Ohio with four losses. Douglas was a 42-1 underdog.

No matter. Douglas stunned the boxing world by knocking out the supposedly unbeatable Tyson in the 10th round to claim the most unlikely heavyweight championship in boxing history.

Holm was no Buster Douglas despite being an underdog who overcame huge odds to shock the fight world. Rousey had an air of Tyson invincibility, a queen knocked off her throne in unlikely fashion.

Tyson won his next eight fights before losing back-to-back bouts against Evander Holyfield. Tyson ended his career in 2005 after losing three of his final four fights. He was never the same after Tokyo.

Holm is more of a Holyfield clone. Tough, talented and confident.

Should we go ahead and book this one for UFC 200?

There was one more memorable quote from Swayze’s character in the original “Road House.”

“Nobody ever wins a fight.”

Try telling that to Holly Holm.

For aNewDomain, I’m Rodney Campbell.

Ronda Rousey photo: Courtesy of MMAfighting.com. All rights reserved.

Holly Holm photo: Courtesy of sportingnews.com. All rights reserved.

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Based in Phoenix, Rodney Campbell is a sportswriter and travel editor for aNewDomain and our sister pub, BreakingModern.

12 Comments

  • I knew and have been predicted by many sports enthusiast
    that RR collapse moment is at hand with HH. Well for me as an avid fan of RR,
    her downfall would definitely come because of her offensive approach. But I am
    still hoping that RR will come back with a different approach…I don’t know? If it doesn’t, maybe it’s just maybe her short
    term mode just to scare her opponents. I would just reckon RR is just a villain
    in a movie character. Yes! You’re damn right HH is a version of Holyfield…Nice
    one there Rodney…Allow me to add one more for that… Holly Holm for me is Tough, Talented, Confident…and most all, very
    HUMBLE….just hope she will not change as a true Champion.

    • I realy would lovedddd… to have a rematch, I am dying to watch that second fight..Well, as RR have said so…I’ll be back!! Hope it’s not for another fall down…lol..RR is well deserving to have a rematch with HH. But here’s the BIG question…Would RR dare to fight again HH? I don’t know whether Dana White will make it happen….lol

    • What different approach. There is nothing different Ronda could have done. People are piling on her coach as if all he had to do is say some magic words. Holly is stronger, faster, has better technique, period. It would take Ronda a couple of years of work to catch up…

      • I think RR will possibly not even want a rematch…Holm is a boxer,and RR is not.Holm pickd her apart,and will in the rematch,too.Hype is meaningless in the ring,as is reputation.It is about training…RR is undisciplined,and a one trick pony,which was fine given the fighters she faced up until HOlm.White gave RR soft bouts…possibly because that was all there was.I suspect RR knows Holm is too much for her…this is in her head,and she is afraid of Holm now.

  • True. Very humble and unbeaten. No reason to think the second fight will be a whole lot different, you know?

  • Holly is extremely talented. She was a 19-time world boxing champion in three separate weight classes. She was Ring Magazine’s Female Fighter of the year twice (2005,2006). Her striking and movement are light years ahead of Ronda. Her size and strength are why she was able to stop Ronda’s takedowns. There is nothing Ronda can do to beat Holly.

    Holly was being touted as the fighter to dethrone Ronda when she was in Legacy. Two underwhelming UFC performances put a hold to the hype, but she made it look easy. A strong wrestler with a good double leg or single is more likely to give Holly trouble. All the hyperbole the media gave to Ronda (Greatest Female Fighter of All-Time, Once Ever) will someday be used to explain Holly Holm. Ronda is the Royce Gracie or Mark Coleman of WMMA. Put the sport on the map, and dominated when the talent pool was shallow. Holly is the Jon Jones (who ironically she trains with) of WMMA. A fighter with the skillset and athleticism to beat anyone put in front of her.

    Holly lived up to the hype. She is a role model, and already put herself in the GOAT category (First person to be both a boxing world champion and an UFC champion), and shows no sign of slowing down.

      • No, not really. I won’t lie that I am a Holly fan, but I’ve followed her for years. I really think you are a new fan, and don’t really know much about MMA, in fact I will bet you think Ronda really could beat men, and was the best wmma fighter of all time? Conor fan too I’m sure. Am I wrong? Because you sound like a casual UFC fan. Notice I said UFC fan, because I’m calling you out on being an MMA fan. Call me myopic? Get real.

        • LMAO your takes are getting sillier and sillier trying to have a piss contest on who has been a fan longer lmao for the record I’m a fan of all three but have been a Miesha fan for many years and can appreciate her voyage. I do have great respect for both Holly and Ronda and I do believe the three to be the cream of the division along with Cat, Pena and Nunes.

  • Just think about the PPV buys when the rematch happens. Sounds like a ready-made main event for UFC 200.