Rousey hasn’t fought now since last November, when her reign as bantamweight champ came to a crashing end, courtesy of a Holly Holm headkick. Since then, there’s been no shortage of debate and speculation as to when Rousey might return to the cage. More recently there’s been talk that Rousey might be back fairly soon, and that she could face the new champ, Nunes.
Recently Tate appeared on “The MMA Hour”. When asked for her thoughts on Rousey, and how she might look in her return, the former champ stated (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I feel like there’s so many weird variables, it’s really, really hard to say, because who knows what we’re going to get out of Ronda when she comes back,” Tate said. “If we’re getting Ronda at the best that she’s ever been, then I’d say Ronda (would win the fight). But if we’re getting Ronda coming back with a half-ass mentality, kind of like ‘I just feel like I have to do this one time,’ and then she’s got a lot of ring rust and maybe she’s still punch-shy since she hasn’t fought since Holly, and we all saw that obviously Amanda has incredible power with her right hand — so if she hits Ronda with one of those, I could see it being a huge problem for Ronda. A big, big problem.”
There’s no doubt that Rousey can’t look past Nunes or the bout itself. The new champ is ridiculously dangerous as Tate noted. But, considering how much money Rousey has made to date, and the opportunities she has outside of MMA, one would think she’ll be fully prepared to face Nunes. Otherwise, why not just retire?
If and when the fight happens, it’s going to be massive.