Last night was an upset of epic proportions. As a huge Rousey fan, I was devastated. However, I was more devastated by the amount of casual fans that cheered on her defeat. What struck me is how many people gleefully whooped and hollered for her loss. Not for Holm’s win, but for her destruction. Did they remember that Ronda has inspired a legion of women and girls to get into MMA? That UFC president Dana White said NO woman would ever fight in the UFC and she came along and changed all of that? That Holm wouldn’t even be in the UFC without her? That there are two women’s weight classes in the UFC because of her? That female fans finally had someone to watch and put themselves in her shoes?
Loss is inevitable in this game. No fighter is untouchable. There will always come someone to beat you. Now I am just waiting to see if she will dust herself off, get back in the ring, and show us more than she has in the past–not just wild victories, but how to recover from defeat.
That, in fact, might be more important.
I am a fan for life and I expect that we will see a phoenix from this. Rise from the ashes so we also can.