Ronda Rousey may or may not be finished as a fighter in the UFC, but she can still bring in the MMA fans, as the preliminary results for the UFC 207 event is estimated at 1.1 million PPV buys for the December 30th card in Las Vegas, Nevada. If that’s not a reason for 29-year-old Rousey to get back in the gym to resume he MMA career then I don’t know what is.
The buy rate is very close to the numbers Rousey did for her fight against Holly Holm at UFC 193 on November 15, 2015. Rousey lost that fight too, losing by a 2nd round KO by head kick and punches from Holm.
Rousey still hasn’t said whether she’s going to continue her career in the UFC after he latest defeat to Amanda Nunes in lost a 1st round TKO on punches at UFC 207.
What’s interesting about the 1.1 million buys the Rousey vs. Nunes card brought in for December 30 is the fact they’re close to the numbers the Conor McGregor vs. Eddie Alvare card did on November 12. There was reportedly more effort put into promoting that fight event than the UFC 207 event. It just shows what kind of drawing power Rousey still has. Of course, if Rousey keeps losing each time she fights, her drawing power will likely deteriorate in no time flat.
The UFC top brass would be doing themselves a huge favor if they approached Rousey’s next fight the way that other sports like boxing deal with fighters that lose important fights. They should think about putting Rousey in with some confidence boosting fights for her to regain her fighting spirit, because she clearly needs to have the reset button pushed on her career right now after these two disappointing losses she’s suffered.
If the UFC would slow things down for her to keep her from being finished off from the sport due to the tough match-making they’re doing for her, then she could possibly be salvaged. Rousey needs to work on her striking skills to improve them enough for her to compete against the top fighters like Holm and Nunes. The best way for the UFC management to do this is to put Rousey in some learning fights against beatable opposition.