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Cormier: The days of Ronda Rousey beating people in less than 60 seconds are long gone

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey (12-2) suffered her second consecutive loss when Amanda Nunes knocked her silly at UFC 207 last month in Las Vegas, Nevada.

See it again here.

The “Lioness” bout marked “Rowdy’s” return to combat sports after more than a year on the sidelines, precipitated by Holly Holm’s upset win at UFC 193. So, are the days of Rousey’s dominance over and done with?

Daniel Cormier talks to TMZ (via MMA Fighting):

“Can she be the person that she was a couple of years ago? I don’t believe so. This game has evolved to a point that it would be very difficult, especially if your game is limited. Again, I love Ronda, but her boxing doesn’t seem to have improved. She doesn’t kick - I don’t think she’s really kicked - so to have to go out there and really throw somebody down and grapple with them, I don’t know if that works anymore. I think that Amanda Nunes and Julianna Pena and Valentina Shevchenko ... they’ve showed how much this level has gone up in female fighting in a very short period of time. Can she go in there and win some fights? Yes. Can she beat women in 10 seconds, 19 seconds, 38 seconds? I think those days are gone. That’s not happening anymore, everybody’s too well-rounded.”

Not sure I agree after looking at this.

There is no telling if or when Rousey, 29, will make her way back to the Octagon. While some folks in the MMA community want to see the Olympic judoka change camps, other believe there is a better way to make a living.

I guess we won’t know for sure until Rousey (eventually) breaks her pipeline silence.

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