Alex Chambers’ UFC Blog: Ronda Rousey’s ‘Why Not’ Attitude Paved Path For Women Into Octagon


It has just been about a week since the unforgettable 48 second main event of UFC 207 which took place in Las Vegas, Nevada.

When I think about the fight and listening to all angles of media and expert analysis of that fight, it really pulled MMA fans in different directions.

What do I think of it? I wasn’t shocked at the outcome because Amanda Nunes winning via first round TKO was black and white for me, largely in part because she is my friend and largely in part because she’s my teammate.

There is however, a very unnerving shock factor, not because of Ronda Rousey's loss and not because it only took 48 seconds, but because it was Ronda Rousey and she is an icon.

Her return to the Octagon symbolised a relentlessness we all hope to keep as athletes, so to walk out unable to achieve this of course, it strikes an emotional chord in you.

So now the million dollar question that's riddled those introspective of the main event, was there a flaw in her striking defence?

It's probably quite unfair to give a direct yes or no to this question without taking away from the biggest preparation and camp Ronda Rousey has most likely ever had.

The proper question we should ask is was her game plan effective against Amanda Nunes?

Was she able to stand toe-to-toe? My answer for this would be no.

Amanda Nunes stunned Ronda Rousey and derailed her game plan the same way Rousey did to all her previous opponents. 

After Rousey's defeat to Holly Holm at UFC 193, there's no doubt in my mind the former bantamweight champ wanted nothing more than to get back into the Octagon and show people what kind of fighter she was.

However, the reality of any loss is that timing is everything.

So fast forward 13 months to UFC 207, the belt has been in the hands of three different people since Rousey last had it in a sport that's fuelled by entertainment and demand.

It wasn’t difficult to disregard what Rousey's role would be in the scheme of things.

The public wanted her back in the Octagon and so did current champ Amanda Nunes and let's face it the reality of Rousey's track record and statistics is that every fight of Rousey's has been a championship fight, so her return wasn't any different

I don't think the timing of her comeback fight at UFC 207 was off. She has been forced in situations where she had to fight judo when she wasn't ready throughout her life.

Rousey thrives in unfavourable conditions.  

Rousey has been issued the baseline medical suspension of six weeks which is considered pretty routine following her loss at UFC 207.

In this down time, I believe she’ll draw on her resilience and wisdom from her biggest fan, her mother, regarding moving forward, whether that’s continuing to fight or to retire from the sport.

It’s my hope that Rousey continues to give so much to the sport by simply continuing to pursue that which is meaningful to her, whatever that may be. 

It’s no surprise I'm a big fan of Ronda Rousey

Rowdy is a figure the sport needed and she made it okay for other female athletes to exist in a previously male dominated sport.

She made the way for other strong women like Amanda Nunes to have a place in not only mixed martial arts but the UFC, so we then could also have our own impact.

As a woman, she encourages the ever important words, "why not" and this is important when pursuing anything you love.

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