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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Laila Ali and Cris Cyborg reacting to Rousey's loss.
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Best feeling in the world. Still trying to process and take it all in. There aren't enough words to... https://t.co/uZXy6tKx8d— Holly Holm (@_HOLLYHOLM) November 16, 2015
Thanks everyone for congratulating me on my win #ufc— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) November 15, 2015
@amyschumer you looked stunning in there. Way to go. Bravo! @ufc #ufc #andnew https://t.co/x13Zoydrgt— Holly Holm (@_HOLLYHOLM) November 16, 2015
@joerogan @TonyHinchcliffe @danawhite your jokes are mean and hurtful not comedy. Who would want 2 work for a team that's so disrespectful— Cris Cyborg (@criscyborg) November 17, 2015
@TonyHinchcliffe you are 100lbs of coward. I look forward to coming 2, 1 of your live shows and shown you Brazilian culture in person. @tmz— Cris Cyborg (@criscyborg) November 17, 2015
@TonyHinchcliffe your mom didn't give birth to a child, she took a shit and made a bully.— Cris Cyborg (@criscyborg) November 17, 2015
@joerogan @TonyHinchcliffe @danawhite you're guys# F^%% bullying!! It's not my fault your champ can't take a punch https://t.co/788Z9frqLb— Cris Cyborg (@criscyborg) November 17, 2015
It is pathetic that two more known PED users @vitorbelfort and @SpiderAnderson are fighting each other. I will fight both of them in 1 night— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) November 17, 2015
I told you @vitorbelfort would look for any fight other than me. Especially a fight in Brazil. #ped #trt— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) November 17, 2015
For those of you gloating @RondaRousey loss this weekend, keep in mind, the only one with the right to gloat is @_HOLLYHOLM and she's not...— Carlos Condit (@CarlosCondit) November 16, 2015
Twitter word of the day...cheap shots. Everybody can throw them, but do we really need 2? We all stumble, it's how we get up that defines us— Shannon Knapp (@shanknapp) November 17, 2015
FLOYD MAYWEATHER DEFENDS RONDA ROUSEY AGAINST INTERNET TROLLS; DENIES TELLING 50 CENT TO MOCK... https://t.co/rJUq2cRMoj— Truck Gordon (@TruckMMA_UFC) November 17, 2015
@RondaRousey pic.twitter.com/oqgCaxdavn— Tim Sylvia (@timsylviamma) November 17, 2015
Gotta the Octogon girls talkin shit on @RondaRousey She may of lost but least she didn't sell her soul shaking her ass for dollar bills— 'Rowdy' Bec Rawlings (@RowdyBec) November 17, 2015
Many people on the outside, who only know you as "Ronda Rousey the Superhero," were glad to see you... https://t.co/VYwMjWuGJa— Rener Gracie (@RenerGracie) November 16, 2015
@MieshaTate and @bethecorreia You both know what it's like to lose, but you will never know what it feels like to be the best in the world— Tara LaRosa (@TaraLaRosa) November 16, 2015
Practising some beautiful sequences with my brother Owen Roddy! Formed through 1000's of hours of practice together! pic.twitter.com/gEeuOFpiwt— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) November 16, 2015
Getting down and dirty on a Monday. @adidascombatusa #adidasMMA #UFC194 https://t.co/SBkiruOWXt— Luke Rockhold (@LukeRockhold) November 16, 2015
Get well soon.
6 more weeks till I can run.... Ugh!!!— Kenny Robertson (@170Kenny) November 16, 2015
I train jiu-jitsu!! And I got the #UFC #tshirt !! XD pic.twitter.com/0jdCLzI62K— Roxanne Modafferi (@Roxyfighter) November 16, 2015
Had a great time hanging with the troops at #therock today. Thank you for an awesome expe... https://t.co/44EKXW0CUK pic.twitter.com/5aVIVlyMUa— Dan Henderson (@danhendo) November 16, 2015
I'm delighted to be an ambassador for such a worthy cause which strives to stamp out domestic abuse. #ManUp pic.twitter.com/dR6l4rxADh— Cathal Pendred (@Pendred) November 16, 2015
Another bringing it back moment at the Melbourne airport. https://t.co/A6sOWcKrCv— Cain Velasquez (@cainmma) November 16, 2015
Announced yesterday (Nov. 16 2015)
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FANPOST OF THE DAY
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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