Ronda Rousey Update: Rousey’s Nutritionist Mike Dolce Says Ex-Champ Could Be Back Sooner Than Later
Former UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is currently on a two-fight losing streak for the first time in her career.
"Rowdy" experienced her second consecutive setback, courtesy of current champion Amanda Nunes, who stopped her within 48 seconds of action at UFC 207 last December 30. It was a big disappointment for fans, who were all anticipting seeing the Ronda Rousey of old, who dominated the entire competitive landscape of the UFC's women's 135-pound division.
Instead, fans witnessed a lackluster, flat-footed Rousey who showed no effective strategy during her return fight against Nunes. It was definitely a far cry from the woman who put up highlight reel wins against the likes of Cat Zingano, Alexis Davis, and Bethe Correia, among others.
Many have questioned Rousey's mindset and preparation coming into her big return fight. While a good handful thought taking on a fight of such magnitude was too soon for her, a lot of people have also been clamoring for her to cut ties with long-time striking coach Edmond Taverdyan, who has been consistently on the receiving end of critisism since Rousey lost to Holm in November 2015.
However, one of the members of her camp shut down all the rumors, and claimed that Rousey had prepared well enough for Nunes. In a recent interview with MMAFighting,com's The MMA Hour, nutritionist Mike Dolce says the former long-time champion "had every opportunity to perfectly prepare" for UFC 207, in which she did.
"Kudos have to go to Amanda Nunes for putting on an amazing performance and going out there and getting the win over Ronda Rousey, who was well-prepared," Dolce said.
As far as her next career move is concerned, Rousey has left it up in the air, as she intends to take some time and mull things over. But according to Dolce, chances of her return are "50-50", but the decision definitely would not come in a snap.
"I think it's gonna take some time. Idon't think she truly knows right now," Dolce said. "As any good athlete, she should take her time to really think about it."
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