A LONG HUG AND A LOT OF THANKS
While Dana White had said that Ronda Rousey was in a better state following her loss to Amanda Nunes last Friday than she was a year ago after she lost to Holly Holm, it still sounds like she didn’t take it too well.
Speaking to Ramona Shelburne at ESPN, White said that he “hugged [Rousey] for 45 minutes” following her 48 second demolition at the hands of Nunes.
“I told her, ‘I love you so much, and whatever you want to do next, I got your back. You built this. This doesn’t exist without you. You’re the best decision I ever made,'” White shared.
He may be right about Rousey being the best decision he’s ever made as Rousey exposed UFC to a new audience that appears to have bought her return fight in big numbers. UFC set a UFC attendance record for Las Vegas and White said the crowd who came to see Rousey were equally devastated by her loss.
“I walked out of the arena and people were crying, men and women,” White said. “She has been an amazing role model and amazing partner, an amazing friend.”
Amazing indeed, and possibly now a part of UFC’s past.
Hiscoe’s Analysis: Ronda Rousey is a very proud woman and has never taken to losing well and has been consistent in this through her whole career in any sport. Dana White has been very supportive of her to the point where he let her do no promotion for the fight when other fighters such as Conor McGregor and Nick Diaz were punished for making similar requests. Everyone, including me, seems to be talking about Rousey in the past tense, but it wouldn’t shock me if her pride and competitive spirit brought her back for one more fight.
TUESDAY NOTEBOOK ITEMS…
-Joe Rogan revealed on his podcast that Nick Diaz turned down a fight with Robbie Lawler recently. “Apparently they offered Nick Diaz Robbie Lawler and Nick passed on it,” Rogan said. “That’s the word. That’s the word behind the scenes. I wanted to see that fight. I would love to see that rematch. But I think Nick wants a f–king title fight. I think Nick is like, look, I want a big, big name or a title fight.
-Jessica Andrade’s manager Tiago Okamura told MMAJunkie Radio that she was offered a title fight with Joanna Jedrzejczyk when her UFC 207 fight with Maryna Moroz fell through. “After all the mess, the fight being canceled, they mentioned we could go straight (to the title shot),” Okamura said. “But honestly, for us it’s not very interesting because we need to make this worth (it), this has to be a proper camp.”
-Cody Garbrandt told “The MMA Hour” that he would like to move up for a superfight with Jose Aldo, saying, “I know I could go up and fight with Jose Aldo. He has wins over my teammates, he’s a legend, and I’d like to test his chin. I know I hit hard, and I’m just getting started.”
-Bobby Nash will replace Yancy Medeiros against Li Jingliang at the UFC on Fox show on Jan. 28 from Denver.
NOW CHECK OUT YESTERDAY’S UPDATE: MONDAY NEWS DIGEST 1/2: Oliveira looking to have ref’s no contest changed to a DQ, Magny willing to train Rousey (w/Hiscoe’s Analysis)