Rousey's end recalls Tyson's dominance
January 03, 2017 3:12 AM
by Alan Berg
Just 48 seconds. That’s how much time was left in the career of Ronda Rousey.
This past Friday night Rousey stepped back into the UFC octagon 13 months after her 2nd round knockout loss to Holly Holm. Rousey lost her title that night and had a chance to reclaim it from current champion Amanda Nunes.
However things didn’t go as planned for the mixed martial arts megastar. Despite the 18,533 people in the sold out T-Mobile Arena being pro Ronda, she was silenced in less than one minute in the main event of UFC 207.
It’s fitting that this is likely the last fight of Rousey’s career because she was a shooting star. Exciting to witness but not meant to be seen for long. She rose to fame so quick, given the platform from UFC to start a women’s division as its champion. Early on in her career she was completely dominating, in her three title defenses prior to the loss to Holm, Rousey won in a total of 64 seconds. That feat is likely an unbreakable UFC championship record.
Her fall is defined by a combination of factors. The women’s featherweight division caught up to Rousey’s talent fast and she got away from what made her great, her judo and grappling. She was never much of a standup fighter and was exposed in that regard in her last two UFC fights.
After the victory Nunes was quick to bash Rousey’s coach, Edmund Tarverdyan, “She thinks she’s a boxer. He put this in her head and make (sic) the girl believe in that. I don’t know why he did that.”
We will never know if the proper game plan and training could have extended Rousey’s run at the top. Rousey’s career reminds me so much of Mike Tyson. We remember when Buster Douglas shocked Iron Mike to become Heavyweight Champion; we learned once that aura of invincibility is gone, it’s impossible to get it back. I believe the same can be said for Ronda.
Rousey will be remembered for many things, as time passes she will be remembered as a woman who put women’s MMA on the map to the general public and how she dominated opponents during her title reign. The losses will fade much like they did for Tyson; she has a huge fan base that she should carry into her career in movies and possibly at Wrestlemania for WWE.
One thing is certain, she’s still a star – she’s just no longer a UFC star.