Ronda Rousey hasn’t been seen in the octagon since her loss to UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 last year. The fight was supposed to be her big return after suffering the first loss of her career to Holly Holm in late 2015.
However, things couldn’t have gone worse for Rousey as she was once again soundly beaten and finished in the first round last December. Since then, the former bantamweight queen has been absent from the media and has stayed out of the spotlight.
Her longtime MMA coach Edmond Tarverydyan spoke to Ariel Helwani about lead up to Ronda’s UFC 207 title fight with Nunes, and explained that Ronda wasn’t really feeling very good during her training camp.
“We’ve done too much media and a lot of work. So we decided just to stay away for one fight,” Tarverdyan said. “I don’t think it was a big deal, just to stay away and focus on the fight. So we could have a different outcome — and we fell short. It didn’t work, but it didn’t mean we disrespected anybody. It was just a decision to make life easier and just move on like that.”
“She wasn’t feeling that good. Body wasn’t keeping up and we had to eliminate a lot of things so she could at least focus on training and make the fight happen somehow. That’s a decision we made. It had to be that way, so I wasn’t surprised [she didn’t do any media]. I wasn’t.”
“Nunes is a big puncher and Ronda got caught from the beginning. You saw how fit she was — she didn’t even go down,” Tarverdyan stated. “Ronda took all those shots and she didn’t take a knee. She was stopped on her feet. She was so fit, she was so strong. That shows she was so strong and she’s not going down from all those big shots that she took. A lot of these girls, whoever took Amanda’s shots, they all went down. And she didn’t.”