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Morning Report: Kenny Florian believes Ronda Rousey may have 'set herself up to take this criticism'

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

It hasn't been a great week for Ronda Rousey.

In addition to suffering a knockout loss to underdog Holly Holm at UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia, the former women's bantamweight champion has received an onslaught of abuse online. From porn companies to Lady Gaga to Donald Trump, each and every troll has come out of the woodwork to kick Rousey while she's down.

UFC commentator Kenny Florian certainly doesn't approve of the abuse, but believes Rousey may have partly brought it upon herself.

"I don't think it's warranted that people are being so harsh towards Ronda Rousey," Florian said on his podcast. "You see all these stupid memes, but when you say the kind of things that she said at the weigh-in, on Instagram about Holly Holm ... it just wasn't warranted. It wasn't applicable here. Holm did not swing on here [at the weigh-in].

"She put her fist in Ronda's face and we see it all the time. I think you set yourself up to take this criticism now. Conor McGregor, same thing. He better go out and back up his words when he goes in there against Jose Aldo."

With Rousey becoming a house-hold name in 2015, Florian believes the former champ's team may have failed to keep her grounded.

"You see yourself on murals, on billboards, articles in the Wall Street Journal telling you how great you are, guess what? You're going to believe it," said Florian. "You need those people to bring you back to reality and say, 'Hey, you've got Holly Holm in front of you. She's a legitimate threat to your belt.' When the overwhelming message of you "being dominant" outweighs the tough opponent you have in front of you, you're not going to take it as serious as you should."

Some have earmarked UFC 200 on July 16 as Rousey's likely return, but Florian hopes we don't see an immediate rematch booked to headline.

"I think it would be a very bad mistake to give Ronda Rousey an immediate rematch with Holly Holm," said Florian. "I'm telling you now, I don't think she's ready. I think she needs to revamp her footwork, revamp her striking and know how to face a southpaw like Holly Holm. If she goes in there and loses for a second time the UFC will lose their biggest star."

Praising Holm, Florian says there was simply no way Rousey would have the technical reps to compete with a world-class striker.

"Rousey has made tremendous gains with her striking, however, when you're putting your inside left foot on the inside of a southpaw's lead foot, you're going to be in-line with the left hand again and again and again. I feel like she wasn't prepared to fight a southpaw.

"Rousey didn't prepare properly for a southpaw. I don't know if it was lack of execution. I don't know if it was her coaching not bringing her up to speed. I wouldn't believe that. I would assume Edmund would prepare her for such an opponent. The way she went out there, it seemed like she really didn't know what to do against a southpaw. It looked like she just didn't do her homework."

As for a camp change, Florian doesn't believe Rousey would abandon longtime trainer Edmond Tarverdyan just yet.

"I've had an opportunity to speak with Edmond about the sport, about striking and how he trains. This guy is very smart. I just didn't like what he said after the first round. I don't like telling a fighter that they're doing a great job when they're not doing a great job. I think you need to be more real with your fighter.

"I was hearing some rumors that maybe she had a rough camp. A lot of personal things going on in the camp. Who knows if that's true or not, but having those types of distractions doesn't help."



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Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via TKDAdam.

Is Glendale Fighting Club still right for Ronda Rousey?

A little over a month ago Ronda Rousey's mother AnnMaria De Mars called Edmond Tarverdyan, Rousey's Head Coach a 'terrible coach' and a 'bad person'. His character is another article entirely, one that as outsiders we won't be able to accurately write. However, what we can do is talk about whether or not we think Edmond is a terrible coach, or just a terrible coach for Ronda.

De Mars thinks that Edmond ran into the lottery with Ronda. She was already so good that he didn't really have to do much. Her Judo was already world class, her athletic base was well and truly elite and her attitude when it came to working hard has never been doubted. He taught her how to box.


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