The last time we saw Ronda Rousey in the Octagon she was bloodied, bruised and beaten. UFC 207 Live streaming
UFC 193 in Melbourne back in November 2015 was a painful event for the 29-year-old. Holly Holm assaulted her with a barrage of blows before a vicious head kick knocked Rousey out. The defeat saw her surrender her bantamweight crown and with it, her aura of invincibility.
Emotionally, she was crushed. Physically too. You only needed to see the photos to know how badly she suffered. She even needed a plastic surgeon to treat a badly cut lip. UFC 207 Live streaming
In the aftermath of her first loss in the UFC, Rousey went off the grid. The queen of MMA took a break from training and fighting and basically went silent. She didn’t speak to the press for a month afterward.
She was photographed hiding her face as she arrived home from Australia with boyfriend Travis Browne, and the paparazzi tried to keep tabs on her while the rest of the world wondered what her next step would be.
She appeared to put on weight, too, which was a big talking point among observers after her bout in Melbourne.
But she’ll fight for the first time since her loss to Holm when she takes on Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 on Dec. 30. And she’s in much better shape than she was a year ago.
The former bantamweight champ has barely been talking about her highly anticipated return, save for sending tweets and posting Instagram photos with the hashtag #FearTheReturn.
If you take a look at what she’s been up to while training for the bout, you can see just how amazing her body transformation has been.
Nunes has won her past four fights, including a round-one submission victory over Miesha Tate at UFC 200 in July to take the bantamweight strap, so these updates won’t scare her. What Rousey’s posts do show us is that we’re in for one hell of a fight.
The lead-up to the fight has also been gaining attention, but for unusual reasons.
Rousey has barely said anything since UFC 193. There have been few interviews, no press conferences, and no statements. Sure, Rousey’s gone on talk shows with Conan O’Brien and Ellen DeGeneres, but talk has rarely been UFC-centric.
She’s made no real attempt to leave the masses frothing at the mouth over what awaits when she turns up at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
She did make an appearance at the UFC 205 weigh-ins, walking on stage to square off briefly with Nunes before walking straight off. It was strange, to say the least.
Some of the more prominent voices in MMA can’t understand what’s going on. Commentator Joe Rogan was baffled as to why Nunes, after submitting Miesha Tate — the bantamweight champion before her — in the first round of their fight at UFC 200 in July, isn’t drawing any attention.