Ronda isn’t doing very much media leading up to this fight, the idea is that she’ll be a lot more focused. How come she’s allowed to skip out on media, but it caused McGregor to be removed from a massive card? Who knows, but it is what it is.
In an episode of Embedded, Ronda Rousey talks about what it was like to have such a meteoric rise, only to feel like the whole world turned on her once she stumbled.
Ronda obviously takes losing very hard, because a huge part of her identity is her desire to remain the greatest. Nobody likes to lose, but Ronda takes it extra hard. None the less, she’s dusted herself off and she’s training hard to get her belt back from Amanda Nunes.
“Fighting is my life, and I need to do it again,” Rousey said. “After going through all of that, I have a much bigger point to make this time. … I have more experience (than Nunes) being under the most pressure possible, and the pressure’s different. I’m still the greatest fighter in the world.”
“I hear so many of the worst things anyone could ever even imagine to say about me every single day,” Rousey said. “Thousands of times people are trying to reach me and say these negative things. … People like to see people rise because they want to see people fall because they want to feel like they’re human like they are. That’s why we have this cycle of raise people up, and then we crash down.”
Ronda really needs to get back in the win column, not to prove anything to fans, but to prove it to herself and to re-gain her confidence.
“I’m still grieving the person that could have won it all,” Rousey said. “But I have to live up to the fact that I’m not her. That’s just who I’d like to be. And instead I’m what I need to be for myself and everyone else. You have to go through those stages of acceptance and renewed optimism.
“I’m coming back to win this title for the people that believed in me. Everything in my whole life that I’ve always worked for. Everything depends on it. Everything is at stake.”
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