Saturday November 14 in Melbourne, Australia brought to an end one of the greatest undefeated records in professional sports.
"Rowdy" Ronda Rousey was knocked clean out by the "preacher's daughter" Holly Holm in one of the most one-sided fights you are likely to see inside the Octagon.
Ronda has been riding high her whole professional career in MMA, especially her tenure in UFC, and before that in Strikeforce. Nobody knows the hard work, grit and determination it takes to be the best more than Ronda.
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The daughter of a decorated world judo champion had it drummed into her from a young age what it takes to be the best. There's no doubt Rousey will now be hurting, physically but more to the point, emotionally.
Take the right road
She has stated she will be taking time out from fighting, a point she made even prior to the Holm defeat. How she uses this time out is going to be critical to how successful her comeback turns out to be.
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In the last couple of years, Rousey has starred in a couple of Hollywood movies, appeared on numerous talk shows and lived up to her superstar billing by even appearing in a WWE ring at Wrestlemania 31.
The now former UFC champion has made no secret of her desire to appear in the WWE again, however the decision may be out of her hands now having lost the promotion-friendly tag of 'undefeated UFC Champion.'
Rousey's extracurricular activities seem to be growing by the day and her defeat this weekend could suggest it has all gone a step too far. Has all of this been a distraction in a career where she may have been riding a crest of a wave?
There is no doubt that Ronda Rousey is one of the greatest fighters of all time, as well as being the sole reason the UFC has a women's division to begin with.
Having one of the greatest training teams in MMA seemed to do little to help with the preparations for her bout with Holly Holm.
Back to basics
Gene LaBell and the rest of Ronda's training team are perfect for her and both strive for ultimate perfection.
Her eventual comeback is going to be bigger than any fight she has had previously, it would be safe to assume that the former champs dominance will see her granted a re-match.
With the stakes increasingly high, I feel it's time for Rousey to take stock of her career and drop the rock star lifestyle and go back to becoming the best fighter in the world that got her to where she is now.
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