It's been seven long months since former women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey was knocked out in the UFC 193 pay-per-view (PPV) main event, and the mixed martial arts (MMA) community is still no closer to locking in a date for her potential return to combat sports.
In fact, some folks are still trying to figure out how a fighter who was so dominant for so long could have been destroyed so effortlessly across two rounds of lopsided action. That includes UFC color commentator Joe Rogan, who thinks the Hollywood "trap" (like this one) may have played a significant role.
From his official podcast (via Bloody Elbow):
"These themes play themselves out over and over again. The traps are all there, but everybody keeps going for the candy and they keep getting caught in the trap. The traps of Hollywood are always there for any superstar athlete, especially fighters and we've seen it all throughout history. And Ronda was -- and still is -- a giant superstar. She's this undefeated women's fighter. She's crushing all the competition, she looks like a destroyer and then the fucking traps. That's something that happens when someone gets so absorbed with this idea that they're special. So absorbed with this idea -- when you're on top, you think you are the fucking person, you are the woman, you're the man, you're the shit. No one's gonna fuck with you. I'm just going to run through this bitch! And then you get cracked. Then you realize this game doesn't give a fuck. This game doesn't give a fuck about your charisma. It doesn't give a fuck about the Vegas odds. It doesn't give a fuck about how much money you made or how many times you've been on ‘Entourage' or how many movie deals. This game doesn't give a fuck."
That's probably how we ended up with this "crazy fucking love triangle."
The Hollywood trap -- or at least the threat of such a trap -- was enough to yank two upcoming event headliners from scheduled film projects. Conor McGregor withdrew from the new xXx movie after this happened, while Holly Holm recently turned down a "blockbuster" movie role.
Strangely enough, it didn't seem to have any effect on this guy.