Ronda Rousey Absent From Press Tour Prior to UFC 207Published on December 26th, 2016 5:35 pm EST
When Conor McGregor refused to return from Iceland to appear at a UFC 200 press conference, the Lightweight and former Featherweight champion was pulled from the event.
Ronda Rousey, on the other hand, has been allowed by the UFC to miss press conferences and other media obligations in the run-up to UFC 207. This has many people scratching their heads - why is Rousey being allowed to skip any media obligations, and what will this mean going forward for other prominent fighters?
There is no question that Ronda Rousey's loss to Holly Holm was extremely devastating to the former Women's Bantamweight champion. In fact, Rousey has gone on record as saying that she contemplated suicide in the moments following her loss to Holm.
Is the UFC allowing Rousey to skip her media obligations because they are concerned about her mental state? Is the UFC worried that questions about her loss to Holly Holm will set Rousey off?
If the answers to either of these questions is yes, should the UFC be allowing Rousey to fight at all?
It makes you wonder how the next conversation between Conor McGregor and the UFC will go. After all, McGregor is likely past the point of having to do press in order to drum up PPV buys. At this point, simply having McGregor on a card is enough to do roughly 1.5 million PPV buys. It is clear that McGregor holds more leverage over the UFC now than at any time in his career - would the UFC pull McGregor from another event for refusing to do press? It seems very unlikely.
If McGregor refuses to do press ahead of his next fight, what will the UFC say to him? Will they pull him from another card after Rousey will allowed to skip her media obligations?
Some people believe that keeping Rousey silent ahead of UFC 207 is a unique way for the UFC to help sell the event.
This might be true, though the company might be opening Pandora's Box by allowing this to happen.
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