Former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey is preparing to compete in the octagon at UFC 207, the first time she has competed since losing her title to Holly Holm at UFC 193 in 2015. Rousey has been uncharacteristically silent heading into the fight, do virtually no interviews or appearances whatsoever, but after popping up on the Countdown To UFC 207 special, it is clear that fighting is still her life.
“Fighting is my life, and I need to do it again,” Rousey said. “After going through all of that, I have a much bigger point to make this time. … I have more experience (than Nunes) being under the most pressure possible, and the pressure’s different. I’m still the greatest fighter in the world.”
While a fighter not speaking to the media on a daily basis isn’t that uncommon, a fighter who is competing in one of the biggest fights of the year in the UFC staying silent hardly ever happens in the promotion. Rousey claims that is due to the negativity of the many trying to reach her.
“I hear so many of the worst things anyone could ever even imagine to say about me every single day,” Rousey said. “Thousands of times people are trying to reach me and say these negative things. … People like to see people rise because they want to see people fall because they want to feel like they’re human like they are. That’s why we have this cycle of raise people up, and then we crash down.”
UFC 207 takes place on Friday, December 30 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with Amanda Nunes and Ronda Rousey headlining.