Ronda Rousey admits she never evolved during UFC career: ‘I had to be everything to everyone’

Ronda Rousey admits she never evolved during UFC career I was being everything to everyoneFormer undisputed bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey has agreed with recent claims from UFC boss, Dana White regarding her lack…

Ronda Rousey admits she never evolved during UFC career I was being everything to everyone

Former undisputed bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey has agreed with recent claims from UFC boss, Dana White regarding her lack of ability to evolve as a fighter during her tenure in the promotion, chalking it up to being “everything to everyone”.

Rousey, the inaugural bantamweight champion under the banner of the White-led organization, called time on her combat sports career following back-to-back knockout losses to both Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes in title fights, the last of which came in 2016. 

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In the time since, Riverside grappler, Rousey has excelled in professional wrestling under the banner of the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment), however, departed the organization at the tail end of last year to boot. 

Revealing a slew of concussion issues had derailed her career in mixed martial arts, earlier this week Rousey claimed she was suffering from neurological injuries and concussion-like symptoms as early as six years of age.

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Ronda Rousey agrees she never evolved in her fighting career

And detailing how she admittedly failed to “evolve” as a fighter during her time with the organization, Rousey chalked the fact up to her busy promoting schedule, and spreading herself too thin. 

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“I had to be everything to everyone,” Ronda Rousey told CBS Sports. “I had to promote as hard as I trained, and because I did that, that’s why we got as far as we are today. I didn’t just make it about me and my performances and picking and choosing my fights, about when it would work best for me. That’s why we were so successful. That’s why the sport had never been hotter. It was because of that work.”

“I promised Dana (White) that’s what I would do if he believed in me and invested in me and brought me into the company,” Ronda Rousey explained. “I felt like if I did anything less, that would have made me a liar.”

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Ronda Rousey reveals what would need to happen for her to attend UFC event again: ‘It’s not really my scene’

Ronda Rousey reveals what would need to happen for her to attend UFC eventRonda Rousey hasn’t attended a UFC event in years and she says she likely won’t be attending one anytime…

Ronda Rousey reveals what would need to happen for her to attend UFC event

Ronda Rousey hasn’t attended a UFC event in years and she says she likely won’t be attending one anytime soon.

However, Rousey says a big reason why she isn’t attending UFC events is because she doesn’t think the fans would receive her well. Ultimately, Rousey says she doesn’t want to attend UFC events as she thinks the fans wouldn’t be too kind to her.

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“It’s just one of those things, I don’t want to go to a stadium full of people for fun,” Ronda Rousey told CBS Sports. “I’d rather be out on my farm or the beach or something else like that. I think I’d just have to have a reason to go. If my kids end up fighting or something like that or someone that I ended up coaching ends up fighting, I would go. It’s not really my scene anymore.

“When I was younger, I wanted to put on a hot dress and go to the fights and hang out with everybody and now I’m kind of just like an old lady that wants to sit home and sip tea. Plus, I wouldn’t want to go just to be like ‘I wonder how people are going to react to me.’ I would want to have a reason to go or something.”

As Rousey says, the only way she will attend a UFC event is if her kid ends up fighting, or if someone she coaches ends up fighting. It is a bit disappointing as Rousey is an all-time great, but she doesn’t feel the love from MMA fans as she should.

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Ronda Rousey not ruling out her kids competing in MMA

Although Ronda Rousey has dealt with the highs and lows of MMA and has gotten concussed countless times, she isn’t ruling out her kids competing in MMA.

Rousey says she won’t force it on her kids, but if they want to compete in MMA, she will make sure they are trained to the best of their ability.

“If they wanted to [fight], I would do everything that I could to make sure they’re as great as possible, but I would never push them towards it,” Ronda Rousey said. “You can’t make somebody fight. It’s something that’s inside of you that you can’t help. I’ll make sure they know how to fight because it’s a survival skill, and I think it builds a lot of discipline. It’s very character developing and all of that. Whether or not they want to compete, it’s up to them.”

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Rousey finished her MMA career with a 12-2 record and last competed in 2016 when she was TKO’d by Amanda Nunes in 48 seconds.

Ronda Rousey On Not Getting Closure With MMA Fans: ‘I Don’t Think I Would Be Serving The Sport Or Division In The Right Way…’

It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that Ronda Rousey is one of the most popular mixed martial artists ever. After defending her Strikeforce women’s bantamweight title, she bagged the title in the UFC as well and racked up five consecutive defenses. However, it all came crashing down when Rousey lost her title to Holly […]

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It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that Ronda Rousey is one of the most popular mixed martial artists ever. After defending her Strikeforce women’s bantamweight title, she bagged the title in the UFC as well and racked up five consecutive defenses.

However, it all came crashing down when Rousey lost her title to Holly Holm via a crushing first round KO. She then returned to the Octagon after almost a year, and lost to Amanda Nunes via KO in the first again.

“Rowdy” hasn’t fought in the UFC since then and eventually signed up with the WWE which has been a bone of contention among fans to date. The former champion has opened up on situations that led to her retirement and why she avoided coming back after just two losses…

Ronda Rousey Opens Up On Struggles With Concussions That Led To UFC Retirement

Rousey recently appeared on the SHAK MMA YouTube channel and addressed her rather unexpected retirement from MMA. Tons of fans discredited her entire legacy due to this while others accused her of running away from top talents.

“Started doing, you know, Judo, at a young age, and kept getting concussions, regularly. And, you know, multiple times a year, and not being allowed to speak up or say anything about it, and um, as a fighter, you’re just not supposed to show any weakness or talk about things like that.”

“Rowdy” highlighted the ignorance towards cumulative neurological injury in sports, especially mixed martial arts. She claimed that all fighters deal with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) as they take shots to the head, but the pace varies.

Rousey revealed her that she dealt with her first concussion at six. This naturally worsened as she fought in Strikeforce, UFC, and other MMA promotions. So, she hung up the gloves when she could no longer fight without risking long-term neurological injuries.

“You’ll never know when you take one hit too many until many decades later, but I also, I don’t think that I would be serving the sport or the division in the right way if I stuck around too long and I got to a point where I knew that I literally could not be taking those head in the packs and continue to compete at that same level.”

The former Olympic Judo medalist clarified that she didn’t want to represent women MMA when not at her best. She was silent about her concussions to not affect her transition to WWE and other projects, but has no reason to hold back any more.

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Ex-UFC star Ronda Rousey reveals she started dealing with concussions at just 6 years old

Ronda Rousey reveals she suffered from concussions at just 6 years oldInaugural UFC bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey has revealed she had initially started dealing with concussion-like symptoms at just 6-years-old…

Ronda Rousey reveals she suffered from concussions at just 6 years old

Inaugural UFC bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey has revealed she had initially started dealing with concussion-like symptoms at just 6-years-old – claiming her career in combat sports could have gone much differently if she avoided neurological issues.

Rousey, a former undisputed bantamweight champion under the banner of the UFC, called time on her combat sports career following back-to-back knockout losses to former champions, Amanda Nunes, and Holly Holm back in 2015, and 2016, respectively. 

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And forever linked with a return to mixed martial arts – particularly for this year’s huge UFC 300 card, Rousey had revealed she was dealing with numerous neurological issues early on in her career in combat sports.

Furthermore, the Riverside grappler claimed she had suffered a concussion in the days ahead of her infamous title fight with Albuquerque rival, Holm, and detailed how even jab strikes during his career in the UFC left her dealing with neurological issues.

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Ronda Rousey reveals concussions issues suffered at just 6 years old

Opening up further on her history with injuries, Rousey claimed at just 6 years of age, she suffered from concussion-like symptoms.

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“If the concussions weren’t an issue, things would’ve happened completely differently,” Ronda Rousey told CBS Sports during a recent interview. “Accumulative neurological injuries is something people don’t talk about in MMA. It’s something that everybody is dealing with at a different pace. I started dealing with it at 6 years old. I started getting concussions much earlier on in swimming. Two kids doing a backstroke in the other direction crack heads or hit the wall during the backstroke.”

“I started doing judo at a young age and kept getting concussions regularly and multiple times a year and not being allowed to speak up or say anything about it,” Ronda Rousey continued. “As a fighter, you’re not supposed to show any weaknesses or talk about things like that or the inevitable neurological decline that comes with taking headshots. A lot of people talk about it as if it’s making excuses or weakness.”

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UFC Fight Night Denver Headliner Tracy Cortez Envisions ‘Surpassing’ Ronda Rousey: ‘I Say This Humbly…’

Ahead of her main event debut this weekend, UFC women’s flyweight Tracy Cortez has detailed the kind of success she’s envisioning for herself on mixed martial arts’ biggest stage. Since losing her professional debut under the Invicta FC banner in 2017, Cortez has experienced nothing but her hand raised inside the cage, winning 11 straight fights […]

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Ahead of her main event debut this weekend, UFC women’s flyweight Tracy Cortez has detailed the kind of success she’s envisioning for herself on mixed martial arts’ biggest stage.

Since losing her professional debut under the Invicta FC banner in 2017, Cortez has experienced nothing but her hand raised inside the cage, winning 11 straight fights to establish herself as one to watch at 125 pounds.

After adding the name of Erin Blanchfield to her record in 2019 and subsequently securing a victory on Dana White’s Contender Series, Cortez’s winning run has extended with a perfect 5-0 record in the UFC.

Now, the Phoenix native is set for her toughest test to date in the form of Rose Namajunas. With the former two-time strawweight champion left without an opponent for this weekend’s UFC Fight Night main event in Denver following Maycee Barber’s withdrawal, Cortez has stepped up on short notice.

And beyond making the most of the sizable opportunity awaiting her at the Ball Arena on Saturday night, Cortez is foreseeing an ascent to the highest possible step on the women’s MMA ladder…

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During a recent appearance on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Cortez looked ahead to the shot at title contention that has fallen at her doorstep this weekend in Denver.

In terms of what she hopes to achieve with victories over notable names like “Thug Rose,” the #11-ranked flyweight set her sights on going above and beyond the legacy left behind in the cage by a trailblazer for female MMA.

“You know, I’m very grateful for the way Ronda (Rousey) paved the way for women’s MMA. No one has done it like she has,” Cortez said. “But I say this humbly, I hope to surpass that. She set a goal, and I think us as competitors, we want to keep overstepping these goals and overdoing what our last heroes did.

“I saw the way she moved and (I’m) finessing and tweaking, making it my own and hoping to surpass what she has done,” Cortez added.

Having won all five of her Octagon outings to date and cemented a ranking with her victory over Jasmine Jasudavicius at Noche UFC last September, the next step on Cortez’s journey toward the greatness former bantamweight queen Rousey achieved in the cage is a big one.

To remain perfect in the UFC and notch her first headline triumph, the 30-year-old is tasked with stalling the two-division ambitions of Namajunas.

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UFC Denver headliner Tracy Cortez hopes to one day surpass the legacy of MMA icon Ronda Rousey

UFC Denver headliner Tracy Cortez hopes to one day surpass the legacy of MMA icon Ronda RouseyTracy Cortez hopes to one day surpass the legacy left behind by Ronda Rousey. On Saturday night, the Phoenix…

UFC Denver headliner Tracy Cortez hopes to one day surpass the legacy of MMA icon Ronda Rousey

Tracy Cortez hopes to one day surpass the legacy left behind by Ronda Rousey.

On Saturday night, the Phoenix native will have a chance to take a big step in that direction when she steps in on short notice for a scrap with former two-time strawweight world champion ‘Thug’ Rose Namajunas.

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Originally, Namajunas was scheduled the headline the UFC’s return to Denver against rising star Maycee Barber in a fight that feels like it’s been years in the making. Unfortunately, ‘The Future’ was forced to bow out of the bout due to an illness, paving the way for Cortez to step in and shoot her shot against one of the UFC’s most beloved female fighters.

Ahead of her return to the Octagon this weekend, Cortez spoke with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour, discussing her upcoming clash and the legacy she hopes to leave behind.

Specifically asked about women’s MMA icon Ronda Rousey, Cortez has the utmost respect for ‘Rowdy,’ but made it clear that her goal is to one day surpass the accomplishments of the UFC’s first-ever female champion.

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“I’m very grateful for the way Ronda paved the way for women’s MMA,” Cortez said. “No one has done it like she has, but I say this humbly; I hope to surpass that. She set a goal and I think as competitors, we keep wanting to overstep these goals and [outdoing] what our heroes did.

“I saw the way she moved and [I keep] finessing, tweaking, and making it my own and hoping to surpass what she’s done.”

Tracy Cortez could thrust herself into title contention with an upset against ‘thug’ rose

Cortez is off to a pretty good start, going 11-1 in his mixed martial arts career, including a solid 5-0 run under the UFC banner, earning wins over the likes of Justin Kish, Melissa Gatto, and Jasmine Jasudavicius.

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As it stands, Cortez is sitting in the No. 11 spot in the women’s flyweight rankings. If she can bag an upset against Namajunas in her first UFC headliner, she’ll thrust herself into the top 10 and likely just outside the top five. Of course, getting a win over ‘Thug’ is much easier said than done.

After coming up short in her flyweight debut against Manon Fiorot, Namajumas bounced back with a solid showing against Amanda Ribas, immediately putting her into the 125-pound title picture.

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