The MMA world was hit with a bombshell Wednesday when the official announcement came out that Ronda Rousey was making her return to the Octagon for UFC 207.
Since then though, Rousey has yet to address anything from the last 11 months, leaving fans and media to continue speculating.
UFC President Dana White is one of the few people who has had direct contact with Rousey and he thinks he has a pretty good grasp of Rousey’s mindset and why she needed time away.
“I knew she was gonna return,” White said on FOX Sports Live (transcription via MMA Fighting). “The thing is with Ronda, she worked so hard for three years for us non-stop, doing our stuff, her stuff, and she wanted some time off. If anybody deserved time off it was her. We probably started talking about her coming back four months ago and that’s it. She had a few nagging injuries, elbows, knees, and she went and got them cleaned out and recovered fast.
“The thing that people have to understand about Ronda is that she is so competitive – you know, who likes to lose? Nobody does but she is like the next level and I think she just wanted time. She had some issues but her biggest issues, in my opinion, were with the media. She just felt like the media completely turned on her when she lost…Not abandoned. She felt attacked. She felt like these people in the media that she gave three years of her life cruising around, giving interviews to completely turned on her when she lost.
“I’ve been doing this for 16 years and I’ve had my moments with the media and the media can irritate you. If you go through something traumatic like she did, losing and everything else, and you have to listen to some of the things being written and said, I get it.”