Ronda Rousey’s comeback to the Octagon at UFC 207 will be one of the most anticipated moments of the year. However, she is remaining out of the media attention in the days leading into her fight with Amanda Nunes.
Rousey has even walked out of doing any media during her fight-week preparations. In addition, she leaves a lot of unanswered questions about her mindset leading into arguably the biggest fight of her entire career.
Nobody can speak for sure about Rousey’s psyche going into UFC 207. Moreover, the two-time Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison has a pretty good idea of what’s in store when Rousey ventures once again into the octagon without precedent for over a year.
Harrison was Rousey’s partner and roommate while they were both rising stars in judo. So she knows the former UFC champion superior to most, particularly with regards to her competitive spirit after a tough defeat.
In an interview with FoxSports, Kayla said “It’s been a while since we’ve been teammates and roommates, so I don’t know how she’s changed as a fighter or her mentality. But I can tell you that in the old days when Ronda suffered a loss, she came back with a vengeance “.
Kayla further added “I think that she’s going to come back. I think she wants to prove a point to everybody and no one does underdog better than Ronda Rousey. She likes that feeling. She likes having to prove something to people. It’s going to be insane, and I think it’s going to be real good”.
Rousey’s battle with Holm was the first occasion when she endured defeat in her MMA career. However, as an Olympic bronze medalist, she’s confronted appalling losses before on the greatest stages on the planet.
In spite of winning two gold medals consecutively, Harrison has endured defeats in her career. Harrison says losing never gets any less demanding regardless of when or where it happens.
So Harrison can identify with Rousey’s inward torment that has without a doubt consumed her over this year. She’s been on the sidelines sticking around for her chance before coming back to the stage.
From her involvement with Rousey previously, Harrison had seen the former women’s bantamweight champion get thumped down before however every last time she got back up.
Harrison expects the same out of Rousey when she confronts Nunes on Friday night in Las Vegas.