Uproxx- The new year is upon us, and it is a time for optimism and looking forward! That’s how many like to see it, but maybe not former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. Since losing her belt to Holly Holm in November, she’s virtually disappeared from social media, with only six updates to her formerly bustling Instagram.
One post links to an ESPN feature that described Ronda as “heartbroken” and “falling apart.” A picture of Ronda smiling at the Marine Corps Ball had a caption thanking Lance Cpl. Jarrod Haschert for “putting a smile on my face again.” And now, in her first Instagram of 2016, Ronda has put up a quote from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night: “I was adored once, too.”
Has anyone ever taken a loss worse than Ronda Rousey? I almost feel bad making fun of her because this has gotten more sad than anything else. We are talking about a woman who is supposed to be the toughest of them all. A woman that transcended nearly every single female stereotype. A woman that was singlehandedly changing the definition of femininity. Yet she is using the New Year as an excuse to act like a whiny, emotional, self pitying teenager? She lost one fight. ONE fight and she's acting like she has been outcasted by the world.
God forbid she's no longer on every magazine cover. Everyone knows that once you stop getting invited on every single morning television show that pretty much just means the world hates you. Ronda, you lost your aura of invincibility. You don't see Steph Curry or Draymond Green crying now that the Warriors are no longer undefeated and have gotten significantly less press because of it. They are still adored, they just aren't getting deep throated by the media anymore. That's how it works Ronda. You're not the undefeated female MMA fighter anymore. You're just a very, very good female MMA fighter. With that difference in distinction comes a lot less notoriety. Sure, you were the subject of about a million jokes after your face booted into orbit, but we are in the internet age, and no one is safe from undue scrutiny when they lose.
That doesn't mean that people hate Ronda Rousey all the sudden, it just means that Ronda happens to be an attention whore who acts like a petulant child when she doesn't get it. That's all this is. This is the Instagram equivalent of a kid jumping up and down crying in the candy aisle. Just because people aren't constantly looking at Ronda Rousey doesn't mean that they are looking down on her now. It just means that everything she says isn't turning into a talk show segment. We are no longer debating whether or not she could take Floyd Mayweather in the octagon (she can't). The level of publicity that Ronda Rousey achieved was unheard of not only for a female athlete, but for an MMA fighter. Unfortunately she let that go to her head and Holly Holm's forearm soon followed. Letting one rough experience send her entire life into a tailspin is the most girly move ever, and Ronda Rousey is supposed to represent women being more than emotionally unstable lunatics.
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