There’s certainly a lot of intrigue heading into the UFC 207 event in December, with Ronda Rousey returning after a year-long break to challenge Amanda Nunes for the women’s bantamweight championship.
Her last outing came in Australia last year, suffering a knockout defeat to Holly Holm, the only blemish on an otherwise impeccable record, and hasn’t been in the media spotlight as much since then.
But Rousey is a huge name regardless, and a return was mooted for many months, and as expected, the news was met with plenty of excitement, surprise and in some cases, anger.
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Fellow bantamweight star Julianna Pena is furious at the fact that she’s been overlooked for a title shot, yet Rousey receives one after taking a lengthy break.
Despite receiving support from plenty of fighters, including Conor McGregor, UFC welterweight Matt Brown isn’t buying into any of it and has hit out at Rousey in his usual no-nonsense approach, labelling her a quitter.
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Brown – who was one of the few to predict Holm would dethrone Rousey – was speaking on the latest Fight Society podcast, and is scheduled to compete on Rousey’s undercard on December 30 when he takes on Tarec Saffiedine.
He said: “I don’t really have a lot of respect for Ronda, to be honest. She’s done some great things for women’s MMA, and I respect that, and she got it in the UFC, and I respect that. But her attitude, I just don’t respect. She’s probably not going to change that.”
BROWN HITS OUT
It seems like most of Brown’s anger stems from the fact that she decided to step away, rather than get right back into the Octagon, and was also angry at Rousey’s comments about her contemplating suicide after the loss to Holm.
He added: “I look at it different. I look at what you are in this sport for? What’s your motivation? When you look at someone like her that one less destroys you like that? We went over this whole thing about talking about suicide. My kids watch that (expletive), I don’t want to hear her talking about that crap when my kids are watching that show.
“When you let one loss do that to you what it’s done to her, I don’t respect that. That means your motivation is different than it should be. It’s not pure. It’s just now what I would call satisfactory.
“I said that right after she lost to Holly (Holm), we did a podcast and I said now we’re going to find out who Ronda really is.
“We found out. It’s been almost a year. We found out who she is. She’s a quitter. That’s not the type of person I respect. That’s not the type of person I want my kids to be looking up to.”
Whether she likes it or now, Rousey is going to have to hear a lot more comments similar to this, as not everybody is on board with the route she took since suffering her first career loss.
We’ll find out what she’s made of at the end of the year, and if the motivation is there, she has the chance to silence her critics once and for all.
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