The bandwagon on the Ronda Rousey hate train is getting fuller by the second. It’s incredible how many people don’t seem to understand how good of a fighter Ronda Rousey is. I understand that it’s difficult to grasp things that you aren’t familiar with. Ronda Rousey’s last 2 fights have made her look mortal and the people who hate her, love it. Whether or not FOX Sport’s Colin Cowherd hates her remains to be seen. Cowherd sure isn’t a believer though.
He tries to state his case that the UFC is still in it’s infancy, despite being around for 25 years. In this embryonic stage of the organization that Cowherd feels is so rapidly changing, there will be no place for today’s stars in the future. Therefore, when we look back on those we once heralded, they will be nothing more than footnotes.
If Ronda retired today, she will go down as one of the top female fighters in history. What she did in MMA against champions was incredible. Not only did she beat her opponents, she broke them. You knew what she was going to do and she still broke your arm. Simply brushing off her career as if it was nothing short of spectacular is insulting.
“20 years from now, Rousey won’t be 1 of their 30 best fighters ever”
This may be going a bit over-board there, Colin. It’s like saying Chuck Liddell isn’t one of the top light-heavyweights of all time because he fought longer than he should have.
Ironically the segment wasn’t geared towards Rousey as much as it was Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. The 2 most loved and hated NBA players know how it feels; Getting to the top and falling, then being told you can’t do this or that.
Ronda may be done in MMA, or she could come back. Maybe her time has passed. Only Ronda knows. However, it would be nice to at least acknowledge that when Ronda was competing, she was the greatest female fighter on the planet.