Boxing great Floyd Mayweather wants former UFC champion Ronda Rousey to know that everything is going to be okay.
Just a few years ago, Rousey was thought of as the most dominant female fighter on the planet as she’d enjoyed 12 straight wins, all by way of finish with the media hailing her “the baddest woman on the planet”.
But when she ran into former boxing champion-turned-MMA contender Holly Holm at UFC 193, her world came crashing down around her. The devastating loss put Rousey on the sidelines for well over a year, with fans saying she will never be the same. When she finally returned, the belt had changed hands two more times and was being held by a hard-hitting puncher who is well known for finishing fights in the first round, Amanda Nunes
Mayweather, who has had his fair share of run-ins with “Rowdy” over the last few years, was asked about Rousey’s loss to Amanda Nunes and how she can bounce back from her second straight KO defeat.
He was thoughtful and encouraging in his advice:
‘Ronda Rousey, hold your head up, stay focused, keep believing, a true champion can bounce back,‘ he said to FightHype. ‘You’ll be okay, everything will be okay.
‘I think that her losing had a lot to do with the time off,’ he added.
‘She maybe should have competed against another female MMA fighter that wasn’t as active as the female that she faced (Nunes). I think the female she faced was a rugged and tough competitor. She was the better woman that night.
‘Ronda Rousey has a lot left, she has a lot left. I don’t want her to think this is the end of the world. She’s hearing it from the best – she’ll be okay.
‘Ronda Rousey, hold your head up. You’re still a true champion in our eyes. You made women’s MMA huge, so stay focused, go back to the drawing board and do what you’ve got to do. 2017 is a whole new year… you undefeated this year. Come back, champ.’