Ronda Rousey got annihilated during her UFC comeback fight by Amanda Nunes over the weekend. Rousey avoided the press during the 13 months following her title losing match against Holly Holm, but her Instagram is a testament to her confidence in herself.
Rousey worked her body hard and was in her best shape ever for the match. But she still got tanked.
In a statement to ESPN, Rousey said, “Returning to not just fighting, but winning, was my entire focus this past year. However, sometimes -- even when you prepare and give everything you have and want something so badly -- it doesn't work how you planned.”
She congratulated Nunes, and added that she’s not sure what her next step is, saying, “I need to take some time to reflect and think about the future. Thank you for believing in me and understanding.”
While that statement sounds relatively sane and peaceful, plenty of fans are raging about Rousey’s loss and blaming her coach in particular, Edmond Tarverdyan. TMZ caught up with him as he drove out of Glendale Fighting Club on Tuesday. When asked about the criticism (that’s even coming from Rousey’s mom) Tarverdyan just said, “It doesn't matter what people say,” and then repeated Rousey’s words about taking time off.
Fair to look at what a coach is doing with a champion, but as with so many things in life, when you finally enter the ring, you’re on your own.