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. 

TMZ releases photo of Ronda Rousey in nude body paint shoot

Rumors emerged earlier this week when an upcoming Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue photo was released by the editor. The photo was faceless though many had guessed that the model was former UFC Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.

Well you can stop guessing after TMZ released these photos taken at the Petite Martinique island, which is off the coast of Grenada. According to TMZ, what may look like a swimsuit is actually body paint. Hence the censor boxes.

 

Holly Holm: The New and Future Queen?

On November 13th, at UFC 193 inside the record breaking packed Ethiad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia, one of the most memorable and historic upsets in the history of MMA (and certainly the most in Women’s MMA) took place in the bantamweight championship headliner between former multiple time Boxing world champion Holly Holm, and the most popular and polarizing MMA figure in the sport Ronda Rousey made headlines. Holly Holm had dethroned the queen.

Going into the bout a 20-1 underdog, many fans and even media openly suggested that the bout would most likely sway towards an easy victory for the defending champion, with little to no chance of any other outcome. This was seemingly due to a number of circumstances. The most prominent one being Holly’s inexperience inside the Octagon. Holly Holm only had two bouts contested underneath the UFC banner. Her debut bout earlier this year in February against TUF veteran Raquel “Rocky” Pennington, and soon after against No. 12 ranked Marion Reneau. Certainly not the pedigree worthy of a title shot even with the lack of depth left at the top of the women’s bantamweight division which, if we circle back on this, points us to our second reason. Holm may have defeated Renau and Pennington, but did not do so under the type of fashion that would have you believe she was a world beater. Raquel was unlikely ranked in the top ten at the time, and Reneau was only noticeably ranked 12th due to Holly’s ranking at number 14 according to the UFC’s ranking system at the time. Despite this, Holly did not dominate or compete relatively divinitive. She struggled in the “Rocky” fight which was scored close, and while she thoroughly defeated Reneau with effective counter striking and effective movement, fans were left feeling intemperate for a more satisfying performance from someone that was touted as the next big challenge for the now former champion in Rousey.

The third reason could also have been because another contender had already been openly announced. At UFC on Fox 16, Miesha “Cupcake” Tate defeated Jessica “Evil” Eye to notch her fourth consecutive win since losing to Rousey in 2013. Shortly after the event, UFC President Dana White had openly announced her as the next contender for the women’s bantamweight title with White stating: “She’s earned it”. Many, including Tate herself, felt she had been wronged after the announcement came citing Holm as the next in line. To add up all these variables, made the fight seem extraordinarily rushed, leaving fans and conspiracy theorists alike to ponder if some agenda from the UFC was at hand.

None of it mattered.

Not to the new queen of Women’s MMA. Holly “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holm who was 9-0 with six knockouts going into this match-up, also backed by a 2-1 Kickboxing record with 2 knockouts and most importantly a 33-2-3 Boxing record with 9 knockouts. Professionally this was Holly Holm’s 51st professional combat sports match.

Many interesting twist and turns brought increased intrigue leading up to the bout, even in the very last minute before the fight. At the weigh-ins Ronda and Holm were involved in a humorous scuffle. One were Holm had placed her right hand across the cheek of Rousey’s. Rousey of course took offense to this, seemingly ready to engage with Holm right there on the stage. What was one of the most interesting take aways from this however was Holm’s demeanor throughout the short ordeal. Holm was a rock. Never moving, never even shifting her seismic glance away from Ronda. It was almost eerie as Holm showed no sign of fear, and even looked more laser focused than we had ever seen Holm look before. The next night, on a historic Sunday evening in Australia, Holly had offered her glove in one last final show of respect before they would be locked alone inside the Octagon. But Ronda would refuse. Man, what rush that sent throughout the record-setting arena and the viewers across the globe.

Holm would go on to display quite possibly the greatest performance of the year, and certainly one of the most historic in all of women’s MMA. Capitalizing on expert footwork, her southpaw stance, and phenomenal movement Holm would purge Ronda clean of the title she had defended so dominantly before. Ronda had no answer for Holm’s defensive movement and could not enforce her own game plan which undoubtedly meant engaging with Holm in the clinch and delivering the fight to the mat. The inexperienced opinion by most fans was that Ronda was cocky and decided to stand with her on her own free will. Not the case at all. The fight stayed standing the majority of the bout because that is what Holly Holm wanted, not the other way around. Sure enough, after playing the matador as you could say, with Rousey’s standing offense, and settling down on that left hand straight in the southpaw position, viewers realized quickly and shockingly that shortly before the end it simply felt like just a matter of time. After landing another marquee left that dazed and stumbled the champion, Holly uncorked one of the cleanest head kicks ever witnessed, dropping Rousey and claiming the title in a performance the likes of which legends are remembered for.

With Holly Holm as the new Queen of the mountain the hype has deservedly bounced over to Holm who having defeated Rousey, a woman millions of fans thought to be immortal, still remains undefeated in MMA and now looks ahead towards a still growing and ever-changing dynamic that is the women’s bantamweight division. Many of course drool at the thought of a rematch between Holly Holm and Ronda Rousey, citing the possibility that Ronda could return emphatically and reclaim her throne. However, not too long after the loss to Holly, Ronda took to Instagram to address her health and well-being citing that she was not terribly injured, but would still be taking a short term hiatus from the sport.

Fans and spectators of the sport alike now look at Holm and ponder what is to be. Can Holly be as dominant of a champion as Rousey was? Can she achieve the same success? Most importantly, can she be the one to retire undefeated? Holm, since competing in MMA, has yet to really be challenged thus far. Although even when you look at Holm’s career subjectively, it’s hard to say that Holm has faced the best that the division has to offer just yet, other than of course Rousey. With Ronda however, Holm was stylistically a horrible match-up. Can she find that same success against the others she will soon face inside the cage?

Holm’s victory, while remarkable, proved something else. Styles make fights. Holm may or may not potentially have holes in her game. Though at this juncture, who really knows? As stated previously, we have yet to really see her challenged in many aspects of the fight game. Ronda was able to get the fight to the ground only once in their bout, however Rousey was focused solely on the submission and not the position of where she was on the ground and in doing so failed to keep Holm down the lone time she had taken to the fight to the mat due to Holm fending off what was quite simply not the most technical attempt at an armbar by Rousey by any means. Holm has not yet shown legitimate capabilities in the grappling department. Whether she can defend or maybe even attack from various positions on the ground or in the clinch remains to answered. But one ace in the hole that should certainly be recognized is Holly Holm’s fantastic camp. Greg Jackson and Mike Winklejohn are two of the sports most respected and legendary coaches in the game. Along with being a longtime mainstay at Team Jackson’s, Holm trains alongside some of the best fighters on the planet currently such as John Dodson, Carlos Condit, Donald Cerrone, and Jon Jones along with a slew of many other well-skilled veterans of the sport. What Holm has shown, that not many other women at bantamweight have been able to, is the potential to distribute a well-rounded skill set in a high octane fight. That is what may be Holly’s greatest attribute if she can prove to possess it. Many of today’s greatest fighters possess this gift. Names like Frankie Edgar, Chris Weidman, Jon Jones, Georges St. Pierre and Demetrious Johnson come to mind when thinking about fighters that can fight at the expert level anywhere the fight takes place. Having difficulty striking or landing shots? Let’s take this fight to the mat, lets work submissions, or ground and pound, or lets dirty box from the clinch, or lets wrestle, lets look for positioning. To be able to adapt mid-fight is a talent only the greatest in the sport can display. Holly Holm, unlike Ronda Rousey, has the potential to become this fighter. Holm has established herself as one of, if not the greatest striker that there has ever been in the still short history of women’s MMA.

Time is the only answer to this question for now. Other variables await to help guide towards certainty. First off what about Ronda Rousey. What will change? Something surely must if Rousey is to step across from Holly a second time? Will she change camps? Will she get a new coach, and new staff, a new gym? And of course, what about Cris “Cyborg” Justino? Is that the new super-fight to make now? Is Holly willing to fight at 140, unlike Ronda? Who is next for Holly Holm, with Ronda stepping aside to gather barrings? Miesha Tate, Amanda Nunes, Julianna Pena? As we look to answer this mystifying question of MMA’s newest throne holder, the more questions it raises.

So for now, fight fans, we will stand by to wait and see, excitingly and anxiously, what is to become of the woman who, as Jack Slack so elegantly put it, killed the Queen.