Rousey's greatness was always largely enhanced by the same thing that once made Tiger Woods so risky: An air of invincibility that seemed real to not just the opposition, but to the invincible as well. "Forget about her. She has a lot of money already".
Rousey, 12-2, suffered a first-round KO loss to Brazilian wrecking machine Amanda Nunes in the main event of UFC 207, the final show of an action-packed 2016.
"I knew I was going to beat [Rousey]", Nunes said. When I asked for this fight I know everything.
She said: "Thank you everyone who came out to support at the weigh-ins today. Nobody is going to take this belt away from me", she continued.
Following her loss to Holm in November 2015, Rousey took some time off to focus on other projects and undergo a number of minor surgeries.
Long regarded as a fast starter as well, Nunes, who defeated Rousey's archrival Miesha Tate for the title in July, registered her 11th career first-round stoppage and her 10th career knockout win. Nunes shouted to the sellout crowd. Before Dean intervened, a missile of a right hand to the jaw knocked Rousey out on her feet, and the only thing keeping the American standing were her fingers clinched in the Octagon's fencing.
The now-former champion, has built a mystique of invincibility over the years, so when she hit the canvas inside that octagon last year, her appeal changed immediately among the masses. "But if she wants to play this game, she's playing with the wrong person".
You might not know it from the UFC's posters, videos and TV commercials, which are thoroughly dominated by Rousey's glowering face.
On Twitter, Nunes celebrated her victory and poked fun at her vanquished foe. Should "Rowdy" decide to fight again she will likely have to win one or two more fights to get back a title shot. However, he did make sure to praise Rousey for her past accomplishments. The first fight on the preliminary card begins at 4:30. Seconds into their main event battle inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, a three-punch combo to the head rocked the Glendale Fighting Club representative. "Be the champion. And whatever they want to do with Ronda, they can do".
"She is the big name in this division", she said. Lesnar worked select pay per views and appeared occasionally on RAW to hype big matches like Summerslam and Wrestlemania.