We haven't seen Ronda Rousey much at all since her disappointing loss at the hands of Amanda Nunes at UFC 207. And while we still don't know if she plans to fight in the cage again, it looks like she's still fighting in other ways for causes she believes in. Earlier tonight, a picture showed up on a Standing Rock protester's Twitter account showing Rousey on site.
Standing Rock is where the Sioux tribe and other “water protectors” have set up to protest the planned building of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline. The pipeline crosses the Missouri River just above the Standing Rock reservation, and the Sioux are concerned their drinking water will become contaminated.
After a tense standoff that saw militarized police shooting rubber bullets and water cannons at civilians, the United States Army Corps of Engineers denied a permit for the pipeline to cross the river until environmental impact research was done. But, just this morning, President Donald Trump signed an executive order overturning that decision, and water protectors are already rushing back onto the site to stop the project from moving forward.
And now “Rowdy” is one of them.
This isn't the first time Rousey has clashed with Trump. During his campaign, he claimed she supported him as a candidate, something the brash Rousey quickly called bull on. From there the two sparred from time to time in the press, with The Donald celebrating Rousey’s loss to Holly Holm on his Twitter account, saying, “She's not a nice person!”
But, while she may have gained a reputation for being mean and stand-offish with the press, it’s important to remember she’s done a lot for various charities over the years from the Didi Hirsch Foundation to the Free Rice Campaign and beyond. Now, she’s stepping back into the spotlight to fight for Standing Rock. Here’s hoping it’s the first step in an eventual decision to fight in the Octagon again.