McGregor and Rousey drew the biggest pay-per-view buys in a record year for the UFC. Approximately 8,370,000 buys were sold on 13 shows in 2016, an all-time record average of 644,000 buys per show. This compares with 550,000 average per show in 2015 and 265,000 in 2014. Most shows were small but McGregor, Rousey, and UFC 200 did one million buys plus. With Rousey’s future undetermined, and McGregor taking a break, the outlook for 2017 is weak.
Nunes, speaking of her own experience in past defeats, says Rousey can come back.
I already passed this moment in my career. It’s harder to lose but if you be strong, you’ll be able to come back like I did. Make some changes, adjust. The passion in her life, the family has to be with her. The base is very important. Make some changes in her camp, move to another gym and come back strong.
She also says she was surprised Rousey continued to trade blows with her.
I think it was ego. “I knew she was gonna try to strike with me and I think that was the completely wrong strategy to fight a girl like me.
When asked if he could help Rousey improve her hand work, Mayweather says:
I’ll work with her, if she’s willing to work with me.
Rousey has previously criticized Mayweather over domestic violence. Mayweather also talks about spending $250,000 in a jewelers, and investing.
I’m retired, but I still got the great life ‘cos I made smart investments. The key is smart investments. [I advise you to invest in] real estate. I have $1.2 billion in real estate. Surround yourself with a smart team. Like I tell a female, ‘Give me 1% of your trust, I’ll earn the other 99’.
Rogan says Rousey will most likely not return to fighting,
I don’t think she is [going to fight again]. Amanda Nunes is a very, very dangerous puncher. She kicks and punches so f-cking hard, and she has long arms. She puts you on the end of those long punches, and she dinged Ronda very early in the fight, and you could tell she was rocked…If she does, she should come back in a calculated manner. Don’t just rush in and fight for the title like she did. I think that’s crazy. Taking a year off taking a head kick getting knocked out – where’s your head at? Was she 100 percent committed to this as far as training for the entire time off, or did she just get in really good shape over the last few months and had she been training at all before then? You’d have to ask her and answer all those questions, but if she doesn’t want to be fighting, she shouldn’t be fighting.
Mayweather sends a message of support to Rousey, after discussing domestic violence.
Even though in the past they tried to make make me compete against a female, because of certain obstacles i have been through in my life. As far as domestic violence As far Only God can judge me. We never see any marks or bruises. No photos. Show me photos! I am guilty of restraining someone…I want Ronda Rousey to hold your head up. Keep believing…Her losing had a lot to do with taking time off…I don’t want her to think this is the end of the world. She’s hearing it from the best. She’ll be okay. Ronda Rousey, hold your head up. You’re still a true champion in our eyes. You made women’s MMA huge, so stay focused, go back to the drawing board and do what you gotta do. 2017 is a whole new year.
Rousey posts a quote from JK Rowling’s 2008 Harvard commencement address. In that speech, Rowling said that, seven years after leaving college, she had:
Failed on an epic scale. An exceptionally short-lived marriage had imploded, and I was jobless, a lone parent, and as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless.
It was only from then she was able to start working on Harry Potter.
Nunes says Rousey is overrated.
I don’t know how Ronda Rousey went too far in this division. Honest. I don’t know how those girls lost to Ronda Rousey. I knew since my first fight in UFC, that I can beat Ronda Rousey. That day was the day to prove to everybody that I could do it…She is [overrated] for sure.
When a reporter asks about people saying he was not the right coach, Tarverdyan replies:
It’s all good man. [Ronda has] no plans yet. It doesn’t matter what people say.
Rousey’s mother says Tarverdyan, her daughter’s coach, is the reason for her losses, and that she is not impressed with the way he uses Rousey to lure people to his gym. She has also told her daughter she will not keep quiet about this anymore.
I think Edmond is a terrible coach and I will say it publicly. I think he’s a terrible coach I think he hit the lottery when Ronda walked in, he knew she was winning before she ever met him. She probably won 99% of the Judo matches she ever fought in, she’d won the Junior worlds when she was 17. I would caution anyone from going there, and I think it’s bad he uses her to lure people in and the reason I tell everybody and I told Ronda I’m not going to be quiet about this anymore…[He’s] a piece of shit…I will tell you this every time I go into his gym he says what he used to say ‘How are you?’ and I say ‘How the f-ck do you think I am, I’m in your f-cking gym, I f-cking hate you’, Yes I hate him, I would run over him with my car if he wasn’t Ronda’s, I hate that guy he’s like the most worthless human being god ever put on this earth.
Rousey earned $3 million for her 48-second defeat at the hands of Nunes,matching those of McGregor’s most recent fight with Eddie Alvarez. Nunes earned $150,000 from the fight.
Page, who currently fights in the Bellator promotion, creates a dance mocking Rousey, encouraging other people to “Do the Rousey” with him.
Jones, currently on a one year suspension for a failed drug test, says Rousey should pick herself up and try again.
My advice to Ronda would be to pick yourself up and try again.I think it’s important for Ronda to show her fans how great she truly is by displaying her courage and giving it another try. What she does next will truly determine her legacy. I really hope she chooses to be … unbroken. Her story doesn’t have to be over here. I also still believe she beats 90 (percent) of the division. Lots of ass kicking still to be done, lots of money to be made…Maybe she just needs to complement her coach with an MMA family. Maybe she should join one of the bigger MMA teams. … Being around other bad asses and constantly sharing your spotlight could be good for you (in) so many ways. They can improve on your humility.
Rousey thanks her fans.
I want to say thank you to all of my fans who have been there for me in not only the greatest moments but in the most difficult ones. Words cannot convey how much your love and support means to me. Returning to not just fighting, but winning, was my entire focus this past year. However, sometimes — even when you prepare and give everything you have and want something so badly — it doesn’t work how you planned. I take pride in seeing how far the women’s division has come in the UFC and commend all the other women who have been part of making this possible, including Amanda. I need to take some time to reflect and think about the future. Thank you for believing in me and understanding.
Rousey’s mother, AnnMaria De Mars, says she would like to see her daughter retire, and has not changed her negative opinion on Rousey’s coach.
I think she’s sad and disappointed like anybody would be in the circumstances…I think making snap decisions like [retirement] that is probably not the best idea, so I don’t know, but I would like to see her retire. I would like to have seen her retire a long time ago. Who wants to see their kid get hit? She’s got a lot of talent in a lot of other things. She could do movies, writing, producing. She’s really really smart and beautiful. I told her that at the very beginning when she started this, I said you’re smart and beautiful, let the stupid people get punched in the face…I haven’t changed my opinion on her trainer.
White talks about Rousey’s loss to Nunes.
I went backstage after and hung out with her for probably 45 minutes. I’ll tell you this: She’s in better spirits this time than after the Holly fight. She’s very competitive. She does not like to lose. She loves to win. She loves to do what she sets out to do. Tonight wasn’t her night. None of this would be here without Ronda Rousey. Ronda Rousey built this. She talked me into letting women come into the UFC, and it was the smartest thing that I’ve ever done. Regardless of whether she comes back, or she doesn’t come back, she’s a wnnier. She built this whole thing…[She] needs to take some time. Maybe she’ll [come back], we’ll see what happens.
Nunes is interviewed after her win over Rousey.
When I connect to her with my jab I knew she was going to go down…I trained for everything she bring today. If she come forward, try to take me down, I’d be ready for everything… If she doesn’t know how to make changes to her game she’s not a real fighter.
Nunes retains the bantamweight championship, defeating Rousey in 48 seconds with a TKO.
I am dedicated fighter and I had my team behind me. All those guys have made me an amazing fighter and brought me onto another level. This is my moment. She had her time, she done her actress parts – thank you Ronda Rousey but right now I am the champion. I prepared my mind, body and spirit. I know they love Rousey but I was ready for this fight. I trained for this girl since my first fight in UFC. I am the best on the planet…I knew I was going to beat the shit out of Rousey like that.
Rousey appears in a clip from the upcoming documentary, Through My Father’s Eyes, where she talks about her father’s suicide,
Interviewer: Did you see him that morning?
RR: I think I did, but the funny thing is I couldn’t remember the last thing he said to me. I couldn’t remember if it was “goodbye’ or it was “get your clothes on?” ‘cos I was a little nudist, constantly running around the house naked…I hope it was “bye”.
The UFC releases the fifth episode of UFC 207 Embedded: Vlog. Cruz and challenger Garbrandt break down their verbal altercation after “No Love” storms out of a television interview. Nunes talks about her weight cut, and all fighters, including Rousey, hit their targets at the official weigh-in.
Rousey and Nunes will appear at the official weigh-in for UFC 207 at 6pm/3pm ET/PT (11pm UK time) live from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
White says he is fine with giving Rousey a pass on promotion this time.
If you look at the amount of press that has been done by any fighter in the UFC history, Ronda smokes everybody by a long shot. This is the way she wanted it. The only thing she cares about right now is focusing on winning, She has done a lot of things for us. This is what she wanted and we gave it to her.
And that, to him, she is in excellent shape:
She is great. She is ready to roll, she is ready to fight, and it is all good. Everybody knows that Ronda is psychotically competitive. She is as good as I have ever seen her. She is in amazing shape, she is in great spirits. She is fired up. She is like the old Ronda again. She just had to deal with this thing the way she wanted to deal with it…all the greats throughout history, they’ve all lost. Muhammad Ali lost, Mike Tyson lost, you go through the list of all the greatest fighters who have ever lived, everybody has a loss. It is always interesting and exciting to see if they can overcome and come back from a devastating loss, like her’s was.
On Episode 2 of UFC 207 Embedded, bantamweight champion Cruz eats sushi before doing some last-minute shopping, while his opponent Garbrandt spends his holiday at a meal hosted by mentor Urijah Faber. Nunes goes to a laundry in Las Vegas and Rousey arrives in the city to begin her first fight week in over a year.
The UFC says neither Rousey nor current titleholder Nunes will take part in the week’s lone media session, Wednesday’s Ultimate Media Day, which is closed to the public. Ultimate Media Day will instead feature the remaining UFC 207 main-card fighters. Both fighters will, however, appear at the official weigh-in.
Rousey appears in a promotional video for UFC 207, titled Warrior Code.
After I win, it feels like I am in love with everyone in my room. It’s like you instantly fell head-over-heels in love with 18,000 people at first sight, even if they’re all booing me.
Nunes cancels a media lunch due to illness. It is reported that she will have recovered by the time of her fight with Rousey, in two weeks.
Amanda Nunes was supposed to at the UFC 207 media lunch in LA, but UFC said she’s a bit under the weather. Should be fine for fight, though.
— Marc Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) December 20, 2016
In an interview with ESPN Rousey talks about her loss to Holly Holm.
I was just trying to make too many people happy. But when I try and do favors and make everybody else happy, at the end of the day, they walk away happy and I’m the one who has to deal with the depression. All the pay-per-views in the world, all the money in the world, it means f—ing nothing to me because I lost…If money is the motivation, then f— you. All these Money people… Money [Floyd] Mayweather, Money [Conor] McGregor. I see they’re trying to do an angle or whatever. People buy it.
And that as much as the loss to Holm crushed her, it has also allowed her to take back her life.
That loss saved me from becoming what I hate. One of those people who live their lives to impress everyone else. Who put up a front for the world to admire. Who make sure every charitable act is posted and shared for their own image gain. Who posture and pose for people they care nothing about except for the opinion they have of them.
Speaking as the WWE launches their United Kingdom Championship Tournament, Triple H, in his role as WWE executive vice president of talent, live events and creative, says Rousey could appear in the company in the future.
Never say never with us. Ronda’s done things with us in the past. She’s a huge fan. She had a blast when she did it. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if, as she begins to wrap up her UFC career, as she’s looking to do other things, if we’re a part of that conversation for her.
On a possible McGregor role in WWE:
[McGregor’s] very calculated in the things he says and does. He doesn’t mention us because it just came out. He has made his point. I have made my point when I have been asked about it. He is a business man. I am a businessman. If the time is right for us to sit at the table, if there is an opportunity that we have or he wants to have, then we’ll discuss it. For them and for us, then who knows, you know? We’ll see. We’re wide open
Rousey says that White originally wanted her to headline at UFC 205, but that McGregor headlining that fight allowed her to have a break and to focus on the upcoming fight with Amanda Nunes.
Conor gave me the chance to rest, he took the weight off my shoulders, and for that I’m grateful. I will never put my body at risk for money and views ever again. What makes me happy is winning and being the best in the world and that’s it. Fuck all the promotion and energy spent on anything that’s not me winning. And anyone who tries to tell me I owe them energy on frivolous shit during camp out of ‘loyalty’ or ‘friendship’ deserves no loyalty from me and is no friend of mine. This is not a time for fucking favors. This is a time for redemption and revenge.
Harrison says Rousey, her former roommate, likes to walk around the house naked.
There’s a lot of things the world doesn’t know about Ronda. She won’t care if I say this and it’s a very Ronda thing to say, but Ronda loves to walk around the house in the nude. There would be times I would come home from school or work or whatever and she would just be sitting at the counter eating butt naked, and I’m like ‘Ronda!’ and she’d be like ‘I feel most comfortable like this’. And I’m like ‘OK Ron, whatever’. The first time I was 16 and I walked in the door and she was butt naked and I was like, ‘Oh! ok, cool’. We train together, we work out together, when you weigh in for judo you weigh in usually naked, so we’re pretty comfortable.
Van Zant talks about Rousey:
I think it could be her last fight. It’s a big deal for her. But she’s so successful outside of fighting she doesn’t need to fight any more….I don’t belive in ring rust, I belive it’s 100% mental, so if she’s 100% mentally focused then she’s gonna win it. I’s say she’ll [beat Nunes] by armbar…I would consider going up to 125 [to fight her].
Rousey appears in a promotional video for UFC 207. The clip shows Rousey at her home, and in training.
In an interview with O’Brien on Conan, Rousey talks about how she became friends with Diesel over online gaming.
I’ve been playing Pokemon for 18 years, and that’s actually how me and Vin Diesel became friends…every night after filming we’d set up computers and like the other side of the room, and like, ‘Ok we’re going to go to this dungeon!’…I like talking to people online who have no idea who I am.
On Conan, Rousey responds to Nunes prediction that Nunes would beat her in the first round.
Well she kind of has to say that because everyone knows she gasses out in the second so she has to tell herself that,” Rousey said. “What else is she going to tell herself? She has to sleep at night somehow.
White says Rousey is in great condition:
Yeah. It is exciting. Obviously, the return of Ronda is a big deal. She is taken this thing so seriously. Guess what she is weighing right now? 135 lbs. She is doing everything she can to keep her weight on. She is in sick shape.
Rousey talks about her nervousness before fights.
I call it ‘two-week-itis.’ That’s when I’m the most emotional. My body is the most broken down. I will literally cry over spilled milk on ‘two-week- itis’ time. But by the time I’m actually waking out, I’m tired of being nervous and I’m just not nervous anymore. I just know what I need to do.
Note: Video not available in UK.
Rousey appears in a commercial for Pantene.
If you think fierce can’t be feminine, I’m about to show you what only a strong woman can do.
Rousey says she is scared of thinking of herself as a famous person.
I try not to call myself famous or think about it too much, because I’m scared of it. I’m really scared to lose my reference on reality. If you are socially unhealthy then you’ll be mentally unhealthy, so I’m trying to remain socially healthy so I don’t lose my reference on what’s real. It’s a human sport, there’s an instinct in every person on this planet to fight, at any age. Everyone has a reason to fight. You have to have the personality to fight, and you can’t learn personality, you just have it. Fighters are born, and I was a born fighter.
McMann says she wants a rematch with Rousey even if it is not for a title, saying she want to avenge her 2014 loss of the bantamweight champion in a 66-second TKO.
I can still fight Ronda even if it’s not for a championship. Avenging losses is personal for me. It’s not simply for a title. I would perfectly fine to win the title and then have them come after me and avenge my losses that way. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. I don’t care about the particular order. If you are an athlete in the UFC, you probably shouldn’t care about what particular order you get either simply because that decision-making process is out of your control.
Rousey and Nunes appear in the official promo for UFC 207. Rousey:
Fighting is the most important thing in the world so I have to keep going.
Ronda had her time. Now is my time.
After the face off with Nunes, Rousey walks off the stage without giving an interview.
White says Rousey has informed him of her retirement intentions as she plans to commit full time to acting.
I don’t wanna take the wind out of her sails. Let her say her own stuff but obviously I know what’s going on with her. But ya, it’s winding down for Ronda. Listen, Ronda Rousey’s made a lot of money. She accomplished what she set out to do… And she loves acting, she’s good at it and, if she dedicates herself she’ll be even better at it.
On the The Ellen Show Rousey says that she is getting ready to retire after her fight with Amanda nunes.
I am wrapping it up. This is definitely one of my last fights,’ she said of UFC 207. Everyone better watch because the show isn’t going to be around forever…I have been training twice a day since the beginning of August, so I finally feel like I am super ninja good…It’s the weeks and weeks of buildup before hand and you know you are fighting this one person. It’s like your showdown, the most important thing in your whole life and then millions of people are watching. It’s that buildup for weeks on end. If it just happened right now I wouldn’t be nervous at all,’ Ronda added. ‘It’s the waiting.
McGregor says he is excited by Rousey’s return to the octagon.
I’m very excited. It’s good to finally see her back. I think loses can really affect you. It’s a crazy business we’re in, especially at the very high top. I hope she took inspiration on how I came back from my defeat and I wish her all the best. She’s fighting a solid competitor.
White says if Rousey wins her fight against Nunes, she will then face Justino.
I know that Cyborg wants that fight. Ronda wants that fight too. Ronda’s plan right now is to come back and try to win her title back. If that happens, the Cyborg fight will definitely happen.
White announces that Rousey and Nunes will fight for the 135 pounds title in UFC 207 on December 30th.
White says Rousey is the biggest draw in UFC. Part of White’s reasoning comes from her fight against Bethe Correia in 2015 when she received a raucous reception from the home crowd despite facing a native Brazilian.
[She’s the biggest] by far. Not even close, by far the biggest star ever. Ronda Rousey is such a big star that when you go down to Brazil, I don’t know if you guys have watched any of the fights we do from Brazil — they don’t care who you are. They want the Brazilian to whoop your ass. When Ronda went down there, they cheered for Ronda over the Brazilian. Never seen that before in my life and will probably never see it again. That’s how big Ronda Rousey is.
Coach Tarverdyan says a Rousey fight with reigning UFC bantamweight champion Nunes has been discussed for Dec. 30 in Las Vegas, but that no decision has been made yet as Rousey works her way back into form following a minor knee surgery this summer. He also confirms that Rousey has been training for the past month in preparation for a comeback but does not promise it would be before the end of the year.
There have been talks about her coming back, but we haven’t made a final decision yet. There’s a chance she fights to get her belt back this year, but nothing is set yet. If we do make a comeback this year, we will. If not we will make it next year. We want to thank all our fans for being patient. When she does come back, we promise the best Ronda Rousey that anyone has ever seen.
In a clip from the documentary The Hurt Business: A Deeper Look at MMA, Rousey says more Mixed Martial Arts would mean less violence in the world.
[MMA] really is the most responsible outlet for (aggression). It’s a human instinct to fight. If you try to suppress it entirely, and put everyone in a bubble-wrapped society, that’s when people start going nuts and shooting movie theaters. If any of those people that had all of that aggression built up in them had some sort of outlet, I think that we’d have a lot more societal health because of it…[MMA is] a puzzle to be solved. It’s more mental and tactical than anything else. I think it’s the purest, most beautiful sport in the world.