Joe Rogan gives his opinion about why the fans gave Ronda Rousey so much heat, in her last two fights.

On an episode of The Joe Rogan Experience, Joe discussed some of his opinions about why Ronda Rousey took so much heat from the fans, during her last two fights.

“I mean that same thing (mentality) is probably why she’s not fighting anymore. Her animosity and her emotions were so riding on that thing,” Rogan said.

“And then when she lost and she lost again in devastating fashion, that’s also the reason why there was so much backlash.

“Whereas someone is really loved, like Randy Couture (doesn’t get that). Randy Couture would lose a fight and no one would talk (trash about him).”

“I’m sure someone would talk trash about him, but no one’s opinion of him differed when he lost because he’s such a good guy and because when he won after the fight, he’d always pick the guy up and shake their hand and hug them, he was always a gentleman.”

You can’t blame Ronda for being a bad loser, you don’t become a champion by being ok with losing. Ronda has not announced her retirement but Dana White and others believe she won’t be back.

You have to wonder how fights with Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes could have went, if Ronda could have went for the clinch early. In both fights Ronda had taken some big shots before being able to get the clinch.

UFC 207 Preview

UFC 207 is set for today, December 30th. This will be the last fight card of 2016. We have two championship fights and a stacked card. Cain Velasquez VS Fabricio Werdum was suppose to be on this card but the NAC pulled Cain from competition. You can find all that info in a previous article, lets jump right into the main card.

Amanda Nunes VS Ronda Rousey –

This will be the return fight for Ronda Rousey. We last saw Ronda take on Holly Holm. A fight where Holly won by head kick knock out over a year ago. This will be the first fight where Ronda isn’t the champion. We have seen very little of Ronda since her loss. Even in the build up to this fight Ronda has shunned the media, it’s unheard of. She has given no interviews, no fighter has ever got away with it before. At the end of the day they are still going to fight and that’s what really matters.

Amanda Nunes took the championship belt from Meisha Tate back on UFC 200. She was very dominant in that fight. Miesha said Nunes hit her harder than she has ever been hit and went on to say that Nunes is probably the hardest hitter in the women’s bantamweight division. While the promos have focused mostly on Ronda, Amanda said she is just fine with that and doesn’t crave the spotlight. A win over Ronda will certainly gain her a ton of attention. Ronda was built up to be unbeatable and many couldn’t believe it when she did finally lose. Even though Ronda did finally lose and left the game for a year, many still rank her as the greatest female MMA fighter ever.

Dominick Cruz VS Cody Garbrandt –

This is the co-main event of the night, bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz looks to defend his title against Cody Garbrandt. Cody is another team Alpha Male fighter and as you know, team Alpha Male fighters can’t stand Dominick. The rivalry started with Cruz and Urijah Faber and grew from there. Dominick most recently defended his title against Faber back in June, Dominick easily won the 5 round decision. Cruz has probably had more set backs than anyone in the sport and this will be the first time he’s managed to fight 3 times in one year inside of the UFC.

Cody is a tough challenger who has a real tendency to knock people out. He’s currently the 5th ranked bantamweight in the UFC and is 10-0. His last three fights in the UFC came by first round knock out. The feud between these two is real, we have seen massive amounts of trash talk. Daniel Cormier had to split these two up, security has had to step in a couple times as well. During the promos they put them in different rooms and that barely worked as Cody took his mic off and tried to go in the other room after Cruz. If you’re not excited for this fight you might want to check and make sure you have a pulse.

T.J. Dillashaw VS John Lineker –

Another great fight on a great card. T.J. is coming off a win over Raphael Assuncao back on UFC 200. T.J. lost his bantamweight title to Dominick Cruz by split decision back in January. No doubt he’s looking to climb the ranks and get another shot at the title. You could arguably say that Dillashaw is the best fighter to come out of The Ultimate Fighter who didn’t actually win the show. He has amazing combos, speed and footwork. His fight against Dominick Cruz was one of the best of 2016.

John Lineker is a guy who has had trouble making weight in the past, he made weight just fine for this fight, that’s a good sign. We last saw John Lineker win a split decision over John Dodson back in October. He is riding a 6 fight win streak and currently 10-2 inside the octagon. T.J. will arguably be the biggest challenge so far of his career. A win over T.J. could very well put him in line for a title shot, especially if he can finish him.

Johny Hendricks VS Neil Magny –

This will be the main event of the pre-lims. Johny Hendricks missed weight for this fight, he will be penalized 20% of his purse. Hendricks is a former welterweight champion and has seen his stock take a big hit. Losing 3 out of his last 4 fights. Losing sucks but losing to guys like Stephan Thompson, Kelvin Gastelum or Robbie Lawler could happen to just about anyone. Lots of guys come into the UFC with undefeated records and then go on to win about 50% of their UFC fights, the best of the best are in this promotion.

Neil Magny last took on Lorenz Larkin back on UFC 202. Magny lost this fight by TKO in the first round. Before that he was on a 3 fight win streak, beating Erick Silva, Kelvin Gastelum and Hector Lombard. Johny and Neil have both fought Kelvin Gastelum, Kelvin lost to Neil and beat Johny. We all know MMA math doesn’t mean much though. This is a great match up to end the pre-lims with. Neil is a 11-4 in the UFC.

Ronda Rousey allowed to skip media obligations, Conor McGregor tried it and was pulled from UFC 200

Remember when the Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz rematch was scheduled on UFC 200? Conor had done a ton of press and promoting in his previous fights but this time he was coming off second round submission loss to Nate. Conor felt all the media obligations had hindered his training and he wanted to focus on training and not press. Dana White wasn’t having it, he pulled Conor from the fight, saying it wasn’t fair to everyone else who had to do it and UFC 200 was given a new main event.

Nate Diaz didn’t want a new opponent so he was also off the card. Fast forward to UFC 207 and we see Ronda Rousey getting away with it. She has given very few interviews, done very little promoting and the UFC is just fine with it. While people are always quick to mention that Dana White plays favorites and that the C in UFC stands for Conor, it seems Ronda may actually be the favorite. Maybe the UFC just knew that if they didn’t give Ronda what she wanted she would never come back and fight.

Conor did say he was retiring after he was pulled from UFC 200, I guess the UFC called his bluff and won. After Ronda was knocked out by Holly Holm she disappeared so it was easier to believe she wouldn’t come back without getting her way. Below is a quote from Dana White talking about Ronda and how she feels about the media.

“She just felt like the media completely turned on her when she lost. She felt attacked. She felt like these people in the media, that she gave three years of her life, cruising around, giving interviews to, completely turned on her when she lost.”

Remember when they brought Ronda Rousey and Amanda Nunes in to do a stare down following the UFC 205 weigh-ins? Ronda storming off and not giving an interview makes a whole lot more sense now when you read that quote from Dana White. Not only does she have no media obligations, one of her demands for coming back was that no one ask her any questions about Cyborg.

Does she really feel the media turned on her or is it just hard for her to deal with the press now that she can’t talk about how she’s gonna retire undefeated? She made that comment many times. Maybe it’s because the whole Ronda Rousey can beat up Floyd Mayweather talk is over or how Ronda can beat up most of the men in the UFC talk has also ended. Paige VanZant told a story about how Ronda Rousey went off on her just for congratulating Holly Holm on her victory over Ronda. Miesha Tate was telling Joe Rogan the story Paige had told her, after hearing the story Joe responds  “wow, you have to be on team Ronda for life.”

A reporter asked Ronda during the lead up to the Holly Holm fight if she could beat Holly without her grappling and Ronda replied ” I can beat all these girls with one hand tied behind my back”  She was serious too, She sold this image that she was unbeatable and hey it worked, made her millions and for a long time she did look unbeatable. The reality is in this game everyone loses and your only as good as your last fight. I’m not saying that’s fair, but it’s true.

Jon Jones is the only man to take out top contenders and never lose. Even Anderson Silva’s reign eventually came to an end. At UFC 207 Ronda Rousey will get a chance to win back the bantamweight championship and maybe set up a rematch with Holly Holm. Rumors are that if Holly wins the new women’s featherweight title and Ronda is successful in winning the bantamweight title, a rematch will be in the works, but this time it will be champion VS champion. Don’t get your hopes up though, MMA is the most unpredictable sport out there.