Ronda Rousey Return: Rousey Scared Off By Nunes During Face-Off at UFC 205?
Former UFC bantamweight queen Ronda Rousey made her first public appearance as a fighter during the UFC 205 weigh-ins in New York City.
It was a very brief appearance, however, as it was a short face off with current women's bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes, whom she will be facing at UFC 207 on December 30. But as Nunes was being interviewed by long-time commentator Joe Rogan, "Rowdy" stormed off the stage.
Initially, UFC president Dana White stated that that it was a blunder committed by one his production guys. He specifically noted that both women were not supposed to be interviewed at the time.
But apparently, there was something bigger happening backstage involving Rousey. According to a report by Bloody Elbow, Rousey was allegedly upset by what had transpired during her face-off with Nunes, that she had to be consoled afterwards.
As explained by University of British Columbia Dr. David Klonsky to UFC analyst Robin Black in the same report, Rousey's mental stability was indeed put into question, but her overall state will depend on how her teammates would take care of her.
"There's no guarantee that Ronda's gonna be completely fine mentally. If she has a good team around her, and unfortunately it's not completely clear that that's the case, there are ways to deal with this," Dr. Klonsky stated.
Many of her contemporaries have also been doubtful if Rousey would indeed be able to bounce back after her devastating loss to Holly Holm last November at UFC 193 in Melbourne. Former champion Miesha Tate says Rousey's performance against Nunes will depend on which side of her will show up on fight night.
"If we're getting Ronda coming back with a half-ass mentality, kind of like 'I just feel like I have to do this one time,' and then she's got a lot of ring rust and maybe she's still punch-shy since she hasn't fought since Holly, and we all saw that obviously Amanda has incredible power with her right hand -- so if she hits Ronda with one of those, I could see it being a huge problem for Ronda. A big, big problem," Tate told MMA Fighting.com.
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