'If I’m making a lot of money doing movies or something else, I’d go that direction too. Am I going to mess my face up getting punched in the face?' Jose Aldo on the likelihood that Ronda Rousey is done with MMA
This is what Brazilian UFC featherweight men’s champ had to say about Rousey, as reported by MMAFighting.com:
“It’s normal. There are wins and losses,” Aldo said. “Holm was a multiple-time champion in boxing and was able to do her thing standing, and I knew Holm would win if she kept it standing.”
“Ronda is a great champion, I respect her, but I think men’s (MMA) is at a higher level,” he said. “(Male) athletes aren’t separated by one martial art only, like ‘I’m a judoka and I only catch arms’. There’s no such thing as this one who survives. Athletes have to be good standing and on the ground today. You have to be good wherever the fight goes and that’s how I try to be. I like to watch women’s MMA more than men fighting because they always do their best and fight hard.”
While fans and fighters discuss what Rousey should change in order to regain her belt in the future, the Brazilian star believes she won’t get back inside the Octagon.
“I think it’s really hard for her to return to fighting,” Aldo said. “Her career has taken a different direction. If I’m making a lot of money doing movies or something else, I’d go that direction too. Am I going to mess my face up getting punched in the face? You’re crazy [laughs]. In my opinion, I don’t think (she fights again). If she comes back, of course she can (win the title). She was always a fighter, but if I were her, I wouldn’t come back.
“I see this as Gina’s situation,” said Aldo, comparing Rousey’s loss to Cris Cyborg’s win over Gina Carano at Strikeforce. “Gina was a great fighter and went her way to become an actress after she lost to Cyborg, and she’s getting more attention than if she was still fighting. No diet, not getting punched in the face, nothing.”
And if Rousey never returns to the UFC, Aldo believes she has already made a huge impact on the mixed martial arts world.
“I think the legacy Ronda leaves behind is that she changed women’s MMA,” Aldo said. “She put it where no one ever imagined, where even Dana White said it would never be, and it is now. That’s her legacy. She has done a lot for women’s sport.”
Aldo is preparing for UFC 194 against Conor McGregor on Dec. 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. Rousey is sitting out for six months to heal from injuries sustained in her defeat by Holm.
Holm, appearing on the Dan Patrick Show Thursday, urged people not to bash Rousey, considering most of them would never “even have the nerve” to get in the Octagon and fight.
“I hope people don’t get too brutal with it,” Holm said. “This is a hard job to be in and a lot of people can’t get in there. When you get in that Octagon, it’s one of the loneliest places in the world, because it’s only up to you to do it. A lot of people wouldn’t even have the nerve to be able to get in and just put it all on the line.
“Millions of people are watching you and you might get knocked out, you might not. You might do well, you might not. But you kind of have to go in being OK with knowing millions of people are going to be watching this. There’s a reason why only certain people fight. You’re putting yourself out there and you know people are going to say something one way or another.”
Holm, who knocked out Rousey with a second-round head kick at UFC 193 last Saturday, does somewhat understand where the fans’ vitriol comes from, though.
“Any time you’re on top, people are going to want to talk one way or another,” Holm said. “She’s been pretty vocal in her career, I think it’s easier for people to want to pick at things. I thing she’s strong enough. She can handle that.”
Holm (10-0) told MMAFighting.com :
She didn’t see Rousey after the fight and has not spoken to her. Rousey (12-1) had plastic surgery to repair a split lip in Melbourne and returned home to Los Angeles earlier this week. TMZ cameras captured the former champion hiding her face with a travel pillow as she walked through the airport.
“I hope she’s doing well,” Holm said. “I know she’s obviously been at the top for a reason. She’s very dominant and a great athlete. She’s been the reigning champion for a long time. I’m sure she’ll come back soon.”
Holm, 33, said that Rousey should be respected, because competing in the UFC in front of millions is a difficult thing to do. Holm, a former three-division boxing champion and two-time Ring women’s boxer of the year, beat Rousey with more than 56,000 inside Etihad Stadium.