Rousey Vows That She Will Return

Published on November 17th, 2015 1:33 am EST

This past weekend at UFC 193 in Australia, the impossible happened - Ronda Rousey lost.

In fact, Ronda Rousey didn't just lose - she was DOMINATED. Rousey made the fatal mistake of attempting to get into a stand-up war with Holly Holm, a decorated kickboxer, and the results were disastrous for the former Bantamweight champion. Rousey was bruised and battered over the course of the fight before a thunderous left high kick from Holly Holm finished her off.

Heading into UFC 193, there was absolutely no doubt that Ronda Rousey was the sport's biggest star. Rousey has gained a tremendous amount of fame over the past couple of years, and there was serious talk that she was going to be retiring from the sport soon to pursue a movie career.

After getting emphatically knocked out on Saturday night, Rousey is still a star, but she may not be a MEGAstar any more. UFC 193 was the gift and the curse for the UFC - the card likely did over 1 million buys after attracting a tremendous amount of mainstream attention, though Rousey's decisive loss was also covered extensively by the mainstream media. Clips of Rousey's knockout loss are everywhere on the Internet right now, and that is obviously not a good look for the UFC.

The UFC will be able to cash in yet again when the inevitable rematch between Rousey and Holm takes place, likely as the main or co-main event of UFC 200 in July. Rousey's quest to recapture her gold will surely garner a great deal of media attention once again, though the bloom has certainly come off the rose. Ronda Rousey is no longer invincible, and that was a tremendous part of her appeal.

Having said that, Ronda Rousey could build herself back up if she decides to fix the holes in her game and go on a rampage of destruction, similar to what Georges St. Pierre did after he lost to Matt Serra many moons ago. There is a thought, however, that Ronda Rousey is not in this for the long haul and that she is planning on retiring once she regains her title.

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Saturday night proved, once and for all, that anything can happen inside of the Octagon and that nobody is ever truly safe.


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