You may have noticed that 2016 claimed its latest victim in the early hours of the morning, as Ronda Rousey was sent into a different area code during her return to the octagon.
The former queen of UFC was pummelled into a pile of debris, which forced her to do her best Bambi on ice impression, by Amanda Nunes.
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We all know of people being gracious in defeat in the UFC, but being kind in victory is something just as admirable.
After Amanda Nunes knocked Ronda Rousey into 2017 a day early in all but 48 seconds, she was kind of courteous, but rather backhandedly.
She went up to her opponent to tell her that she ‘did a lot for the sport’, which is nice, but then followed it up with a bit of savagery.
According to MMA Fighting, she said:
“I told her, ‘You did a lot for the sport. You did a lot, but now you can take time and do something else. You don’t need to keep doing that’.”
There’s been a lot of talk about whether this is the final nail in the coffin for Rousey following her 13-month absence after Holly Holm hospitalised her last November at UFC 193.
At Nunes’ post-fight press conference, she said:
“She is a millionaire already why would she want to keep doing that?”, before adding: “Why would she want to keep getting hurt.”
She has a point, but whether Ronda wants to go down another route, or try and retain her pride in the octagon is still unknown.