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Dana White shoots down theories that Ronda Rousey had mental issues ahead of UFC 207

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Was Ronda Rousey a basket case prior to her mixed martial arts (MMA) return?

That depends on who you ask. Some Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) analysts believe “Rowdy” was mentally unprepared to face Amanda Nunes in the UFC 207 pay-per-view (PPV) main event last month in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Not so, according to promotion president Dana White (via FOX Sports):

“She trained hard for that fight. She wanted that fight and she was mentally and physically ready for that fight but she knows what happened, I don’t. I’ll tell you what of all the people that were actually defending Ronda Rousey, one of the biggest ones was Miesha Tate. Miesha Tate said ‘let me tell you what, say what you want about Ronda Rousey, Amanda Nunes hits like a truck’. (Miesha) fought (Nunes) first. (Nunes) beat two back-to-back legends.”

Watch her do it here and here.

There is no timetable for Rousey’s return, which is understandable when you consider how “devastated” she was in the wake of her second consecutive loss. By her own admission, “Rowdy” must go back to the drawing board and start fresh.

Fresh enough to rid herself of this? Time will tell.