Rousey faced the new bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 last month, and was quickly taken out by the Brazilian fighter. Although Rousey was knocked out by Holly Holm in her bout prior to that, there wasn’t much criticism and or surprise, when the UFC announced that “Rowdy” was returning to a bout with Nunes. After all, Rousey is one of the biggest stars in all of MMA, and she was ridiculously dominant as champion, until she ran into Holm.
Recently Silva appeared on the Combate News show in Brazil, and the former middleweight champ was asked for his opinion about Rousey’s future. Here is some of what the legend had to say (quote via MMA Fighting):
“Regardless of what happened, regardless of what will happen in your life, you have to keep your head up because what you’ve done is in history…” Silva said.
“I hope 2017 is a year of more accomplishments. If you continue fighting, I hope you come back well. My personal and technical opinion as a fighter is that you should choose better your opponents in your comeback. Don’t fight someone who’s so active as the champion. That was a wrong strategy. I hope you come back because you are a great athlete. God bless you.”
Now sure, some might argue that it’s easy to say now that Rousey shouldn’t have fought Nunes. But, there were folks who were making this argument prior to UFC 207. Rousey was coming off a lengthy layoff, and Nunes has been on a tremendous roll. The “Lioness” also hits like a truck, and many wondered if Rousey should face an opponent like that, considering she was coming off a brutal KO.
It’s been several weeks now since Rousey said she was taking some time to consider her future in fighting, so it will be interesting to see if we get an update on this soon.