While I doubt Bruce Buffer is taking anything away from Holly Holm's memorable knockout performance against Ronda Rousey a few weeks ago at UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia, the voice of the Octagon thinks "Rowdy" may be been distracted.
Distractions that came courtesy of the bright lights of Hollywood, as well as the rest of her obligations outside of the cage.
He broke it down to TMZ:
"Ronda fought three times this year, if I'm not mistaken, made two movies, booked for two more, did more publicity in the last four or five months since her book was released -- which is still number one on the charts -- than most major movie stars releasing motion pictures. This girl didn't have a full plate, this girl had a full table. I think it would affect anybody because you are not focusing on the job at hand as much as you would if that's all you had to focus on. She, again, is an amazing talent so I don't question her, I support her and I think she is going to come back like an incredible beast. I'm sure that if Ronda could take time off, go to the gym and train for three months for a fight with Holly Holm with absolutely no distractions, I don't even want to imagine the Ronda Rousey we're going to see come out. Again, we are talking top of the food chain, Olympic, amazing athlete."
Rousey has always proclaimed that her side gigs would never interfere with her No. 1 priority of defending her Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's Bantamweight title.
In fact, "Rowdy" had done quite a good job balancing all of her extracurricular activities -- such as modeling, writing and acting -- up until her date with Holm.
But, she did reveal prior to the fight that she wanted to "disappear" from the mixed martial arts (MMA) limelight for and focus on her upcoming movie gigs, which include a remake of "Road House" and "Mile 22" with Mark Wahlberg.
Anyone think the outcome would have been different in "The Land Down Under" without the "distractions?"