This is what happens when you talk a big game. Beware the fighter that clocks in and out of the gym and keeps their head down instead of wondering if their big movie deal -- "Road House" the reboot -- will get green lit. It won't anymore -- who's going to believe a cooler who gets knocked out before the opening credits finish? But I digress...
So Ronda Rousey last night: No movement. No bobbing, no ducking, no fire -- she just took the blows to the head and no matter how many times you watched the 48-second fight, it just gets worse. I'm still trying to make sense of what her game plan was because I saw nothing that resembled a playbook.
I don't know enough about Rousey's career, but a lot of MMA fans were saying she needs new trainers. Apparently, her coach (Edmond Tarverdyan) was her downfall with Holly Holm, but she stuck with him and his team, even after her mother told her she needs new coaching. Tarverdyan got her in the best shape she's ever been in though, and she can punch the hell out of a speed bad.
But this fight was over during the weigh in. After her contractually-obligated face-to-face standoff with Amanda Nunes, Rousey practically ran off stage. Absolutely no sign of hunger -- she was scared -- she doubted herself. Also, Nunes lion mask was bad ass and I hope she does more stuff like that -- it got in her opponent's head.
Anyhoo, I'm no MMA athlete, but I've been in a few boozy scraps and fighting is probably 80 percent mental, especially MMA fighting. These fighters are at the peak of their game -- they're machines and if they can get in their opponents head, the fight's over before it even started.
When Rousey ran from the stage, I knew she was going to lose -- just not in 48 seconds, and not that bad. Did Rousey even throw a punch? Rousey was good when the women's division was young and the talent pool was shallow -- she had the good fortune of being early to the party. But as the sport gets popular, more women are joining, and we're seeing the sport level out. Rousey was just lucky to get in early while the competition was fairly non-existent.
You might be right though, Capt -- I think Rousey's future might be in the WWE, not the movie industry where she's been spending a lot of energy trying to make happen. Whatever Rousey's next move is, it won't have anything to do with competitive fighting.