Rhonda Rousey has changed MMA. Few people can actually say the same, unless you are talking about the Gracie family. Rousey has transcended culture like no celebrity figure (yes, that’s what I am calling her now) ever really has. And she has done it during a time where several sociopolitical issues reside at a crossroads. A time when chance could be for the worse, or for the better.
Rousey is a lot of noise. Mostly the furious sounds of unmistakable winning and domination. Rousey has become, until Saturday night, a machine more predictable than the machine itself. Her prior two fights were public slaughters of opponents who looked more like fragile China plates resting lightly on shelves as Rousey appeared as the irritated bull muscling through at will, no pattern or end-game.
Rousey is one of the most fascinating, most dominant athletes we have ever seen. And this morning, while it may be difficult to understand, she still is. Holly Holm won the fight. She’s the better fighter right now. Rousey now has an adversity unlike any she has ever faced (being second). We should have celebrated Holm more, but we didn’t. Because the focus became Rousey’s loss, rather than Holm’s win.
Rousey has proven a great deal in her career in the UFC, but she possibly just proved a much more simple, predictable concept in her loss: People hate the success of others. Rousey became too big, too successful for the herd. The herd likes you when you are fresh faced, but get too big and they turn their backs on you. Success creates envy. The virus of envy spreads amongst the herd with fury.
— Wrestling LAD (@WrestlingLAD) November 15, 2015
Ronda rousey annoys me so much that when she first came on the scene i wanted to take mma so i could whoop her ass my damn self one day ?
— – (@blckmgicwoman) November 15, 2015
Good for Holly Holm. Now maybe Rousey will go away and I can ignore MMA in peace. — Scott Cottos (@ScottCottos) November 15, 2015
So glad Ronda rousey lost. Way to cocky. Egomaniac. Wasn’t humble at all.
— Darien (@darien_schaaf) November 15, 2015
Ronda rousey was cool at first. But her fake mad face, and her I’m the best on earth, and over all attitude got old. Glad holms humbled her — lenny (@lenndawgg) November 15, 2015
I’m so happy Ronda Rousey got her head kicked off her pedestal.i hope she takes her millions and never fights again
— Pleat God (@RooneypantZ) November 15, 2015
At a time when people shout for equal pay for women, when people want to believe that a woman should be able to do anything a man can, they condemn a woman who has done just that on grand scale because she lost? Because she isn’t humble? For years we have heard nothing but the shouts that women should carry themselves with a swagger. But the fact is, Rousey, she became more successful than “hear me roar” woman. And that was the bad thing. Because people’s envy will always come before their desire to change social injustice.
So why do people hate others’ success so much? If and when people are asked, they’d never own up to hating other people’s success. They understand how bad it would make them look, but those same people simply can’t help it. It is easier to hate someone else’s success than it is to find your own success.
Rhonda Rousey lost one fight. Not a lot, in terms of historical perspective, shifts (all things being the same today). But somehow, those people with who tend to always focus on bringing down the success of others, feel validated. Almost all athletes and teams lose. Most athletes and teams are actually judged more by overcoming adversity than they are having never faced adversity. Rousey could prove to be the best ever under more predictable measures now that she’s facing adversity. Being able to adapt and morph, overcome and succeed, are the true markers of greatness.
Holm is next. She’s the champion today, but tomorrow she’ll be the focal point of the lethargic and ambition-less, proletariats.