You didn't forget, did you? I know it may have slipped Ronda Rousey's mind as it was getting beat into a semi-conscious state by her nosebone, but those of us that aren't too concussed to own up to our words should easily recall her criticism of Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather's monetary motivation. After all, it came no more than 3 weeks prior to one of the biggest hypocrites in the sports' world putting her foot in her mouth as it was left slack-jawed by about a dozen right crosses. Anyway, here's a little refresher for those feeling any sympathy whatsoever for the shell of a superstar that just padded her bank account while failing to protect her face in spectacular fashion...
“If money is the motivation, then f— that. All these Money people… Money [Floyd] Mayweather, Money [Conor] McGregor. I see they’re trying to do an angle or whatever. People buy it. The worship of money in our society is so deep. But just because that’s the easiest way to keep people’s attention or entertain them doesn’t mean that’s the right way.” - Ronda Rousey
I hesitate to call whatever happened last night a "fight" because a fight requires two willing participants. That said, I'm still not at liberty to declare that the person who looked like her controller ran out of batteries while playing 'Fight Night' treated UFC 207 as nothing more than a payday. I will say that it definitely seemed that way. If six zeroes weren't her inspiration to get back into the octagon than I really would love to know what was, because she looked like she couldn't have had less interest in winning anything other than a quick trip to a neurologist's office. Obviously she appeared to be in great shape, but she also appeared to have lost the tapes of the first time her lack of an ability to throw hands had her floating like a butterfly that previously landed in some tequila and looking like she was stung by about two dozen bees. Just no way you can tell me that finances had nothing to do with her return, because she didn't stand to gain anything else by being as prepared for no-holds-barred combat as a nameless extra in a Jackie Chan movie.
With Ronda Rousey more than likely reaching the end of her MMA career, we can undoubtedly call it a success. Not only did she manage to take the sport - as well as the UFC brand - mainstream, but she did so a woman performing for a predominantly male audience. The difficulty of accomplishing that can't be overstated. However, let's not pretend that the way the last 13 months have gone doesn't act as a black mark on her resume that makes those currently forming around her eyes look inconspicuous.
Things get a little 'Rocky' when I start analzying real life through the scope of contrived movie quotes, but a famous fictional fighter once said "it ain't about how hard you hit...it's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward". The Ronda Rousey train was fueled by a level of cockiness and bravado that we have never before seen from a female athlete. That's what made it so special, and that's why it was so disheartening to see Holly Holm put that train out of service with one swift kick to the side of the head. A single loss and all the sudden an unbeatable, bone-breaking machine is a self loathing, suicidal punching bag that can't make it out of the first round? If she truly wasn't motivated by money then maybe she should have been, because her "competitiveness" and "determination" weren't enough to help her avoid complete embarrassment, never mind overcome a disasterous defeat.