You cannot blame people for holding doubt in how well Ronda Rousey will be able to return coming off her devastating loss at UFC 193, but her nutritionist, Mike Dolce, has the utmost confidence that Rousey is coming back in top form.
In fact, Dolce says Rousey could have been back earlier if she wanted, but waiting until December allowed for the best timeline for the occasion.
“She could have fought on the New York card [UFC 205] most likely, but that would have been pushing the timeline just a little too much,” Dolce told MMAjunkie. “She decided to give her body a little more time so she can perform at her best.
“She’s been fighting with nagging injuries for years. Those injuries have always been there, and it’s been a matter of managing those injuries for training camps – of which last year, she had three fights in nine months on three continents. That doesn’t leave a five-round fighter a lot of time to heal.
“She was able to take the last year or so to really heal up, take care of herself, and get her body back to the world-class form that we all, as a team, wanted to be at. That’s what puts us into this position now. Ronda’s ready to go.”
Dolce, being her nutritionist, is not a fan of the rumors that Rousey and Cris “Cyborg” Justino want to fight in the future, and thinks Rousey should actually be fighting at a smaller weight if it were possible — naming another potential super-fight he thinks would be more reasonable.
“Why would Ronda, who walks around in the off-season at a healthy (148 to 152 pounds), why would she look to give such advantages to an athlete that walks around at 175 pounds?” he said. “No male on the planet would do such a thing, and I think it’s disrespectful and a double-standard for the public to assume Ronda should.
“As Ronda’s weight-management coach, I see Ronda being a 125-pound athlete, if that weight class existed. Based on her current body weight, and how compliant she’s been to her lifestyle, Ronda can make 125 pounds. That might be where the most exciting matchups would actually take place. Can you imagine Ronda versus (UFC women’s strawweight champion) Joanna Jedrzejczyk, who’s always talked about moving up to 125?”