In November of 2015, MMA superstar Ronda Rousey was unplugged by a second-round Holly Holm head-kick. It took over a year to happen, but in the main event of last Friday’s UFC 207, the former champ finally returned to the Octagon to redeem herself, when she took on reigning women’s bantamweight queen Amanda Nunes.
Unfortunately for Rousey and her throngs of fans, this comeback fight would go down as an absolute disaster. Just 48 seconds into the fight’s first round, she’d been put down by an onslaught of Amanda Nunes punches, and that was that.
In the wake of this emphatic, TKO loss, Rousey’s mother AnnMaria De Mars has voiced her hopes that her daughter will retire from the perilous sport of mixed martial arts. De Mars explained this hope in an interview with TMZ.
“I would like to see her retire,” she said of her daughter’s fighting future. “I would have liked to see her retire a long time ago. Who wants to see their kid get hit? Cause she’s got a lot of talent in a lot of other things. Movies, writing, producing, she’s really, really smart. I told her that at the beginning when she started this.”
“I said you’re smart and beautiful — let the stupid people get punched in the face. Sorry stupid people.”
De Mars did explain, however, that she hopes Rousey will make any decisions about her future when emotions are not running so high.
“I think making snap decisions like that is probably not the best idea so I don’t know,” she said.
“I think she’s an adult and she can make her own decisions. If you get in a fight with somebody or you’re angry with somebody, that’s not the time to make decisions. I think decisions are best made when you’re not really emotional and obviously losing something is a real emotional thing.”
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