Does it mean anything if Rousey loses fan popularity?


Ronda Rousey is the reason women are in the UFC. Once the 2008 Olympic medalist in Judo signed with the UFC, she received unprecedented media coverage for any fighter, male or female. "Rowdy" landed on the cover of ESPN The Magazine's body issue, made Maxim magazine's "Hot 100," made the cover there too, and generally appeared to be a transforming figure in WMMA.

When it was announced that she would be coaching on the 18th season of The Ultimate Fighter, expectation reached a crescendo. However, right before TUF 18 debuted, Rousey gave a curious interview.

"I think it was very good for the women's division, and I think it definitely needed to happen, but you couldn't pay me $10 million to do it again," Rousey said. "How could people possibly know who you are from a couple of clips of a video that people are seeing out of context? That's no way for people to get to know you, so I'm just preparing for people to get the worst idea of who I am."

Her words were prescient.

Rousey's demeanor on the show lost her some fans. This fact was brought home when the far less heralded Miesha Tate, who coached opposite Rousey on TUF, received more votes in the tournament to decide who will appear with Jon Jones on the cover of EA Sports debut UFC game.

The UK's Gareth A. Davies talks about what happened, and what it means.

There has been something a little abhorrent seeing Ronda in people’s faces week after week through 11 episodes of TUF. Though, on a personal level, Ronda getting into the face of Dennis Hallman was a standout moment for me. Rousey has no fear. And certainly not of any man.

There is the argument that Tate was able to act her way through the series and utilize it as a powerful PR vehicle.

The difference is that Tate has shown a propensity to play to the camera, aware of them being there. Rousey couldn’t give a damn whether the cameras are there or not.

Ask Mrs. Rousey: “Ronda holds a grudge to extreme. That’s good for her as a competitor, because she is highly motivated by spite. Miesha would be wise to never fight Ronda. Because Ronda holds a grudge, and once her mind is made up, she won’t change.” And there lies the rub.

In late December, that cage door will slam shut. Rousey will then show the proverbial finger when winning a vote will not mean a thing.

Then, in Ronda’s words, it will be “Team Real/Mean” versus “Team Fake/Nice” and I don’t need to spell out what “Rowdy” is getting at...

Regardless of whether Ronda Rousey gets booed into the Octagon, watch who gets the thumbs up from the fight. And there — indeed — will be the real vote.

Fighting, and being champion, is about winning. It’s not a popularity contest.

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MMA6053 site profile image  

11/14/13 11:47 PM by MMA6053

They've gone from arguably the best TUF series to without doubt the shittest.unwatchable.compliments to you Dana

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11/14/13 10:32 PM by MMA Lives Here

Kirik is the reason MMA fans have access to the Internet

El Diablo Blanco site profile image  

11/14/13 10:22 PM by El Diablo Blanco

TUF hasn't done her any favors in making her "more marketable". Just because that attitude and personality works well for the Diaz bros, doesn't mean Ronda can pull it off. 

RyannVonDoom site profile image  

11/14/13 10:19 PM by RyannVonDoom

Reread the first sentence.

heliotropic site profile image  

11/14/13 10:15 PM by heliotropic

I think it's totally possible that the adoration a lot of fans held for Ronda during her unprecedented ascension to mma stardom has turned to a sort of brooding ambivalence.. she's extremely unique and commands attention, but people are currently unsure what to make of her. once the rematch happens, though, her critics will polarize again to either hate her or love her.rousey ftw

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11/14/13 10:14 PM by publics_lowDown_brazilianWax

Some people seem to forget how popular these three were. Btw, you said prefer, not love. And you're mixing mma fans up with UG posters. 2.2 million people preferred Floyd mayweather, doesn't mean they love him.

Mix6APlix site profile image  

11/14/13 10:03 PM by Mix6APlix

And VU delivered OCJ.

Mix6APlix site profile image  

11/14/13 10:02 PM by Mix6APlix

I believe he said Ronda is the reason women are in the UFC.

FreightTrain site profile image  

11/14/13 9:57 PM by FreightTrain

Is Miesha fake/nice or sincerely a decent person?Seems like a normal nice broad to me.And her booty shorts...

RyannVonDoom site profile image  

11/14/13 9:54 PM by RyannVonDoom

I'm sorry what? Ronda is the reason women are in mma? Lol okay.