I've tried to refrain from comment, but with this being the sporting topic of the week, I may as-well chime in while its still relevant.
Refer to the weigh in video below;
Rousey did what she was supposed to; she weighed in within the championship limit while maintaining as much size and strength as possible.
She didn't look bad at all; pretty standard for her really.
Mike Dolce was there acting like he was the man, so I presume he helped her make the cut. On fight night she did look to be in less than perfect condition.
I feel this is down to poor re-hydration and re-nourishment.
I've had the same problem myself; cutting quickly to keep power; looking malnourished at the weigh in, only to rehydrate and store all fluid in my gut. It happens.
Outside of that Rouseys problem's are tri fold -
1 She is surrounded by Yes men and 'experts' who are in reality just hangers on.
I have a Bold statement; I don't think Rousey was EVER inn shape. All the other fights were just too easy for her...
Rousey hasn't developed or evolved or improved.
She's got great judo, only average wrestling and she can punch hard.
Outside of that you've got a girl with no concept of striking strategy, defence, control or ring generalship.
You know what the thing is... She's blessed it wasn't Cyborg in there.
2 This is the first time she's fought a 'REAL' opponent
Rousey was seen as the most dominant champion in MMA history because she had never fought a mixed martial artist.
Just as the old timers Severn Abbot and Coleman were superseded by more rounded men like Fedor, Couture and Werdum, like Matt
Hughes was eventually overcome by GSP, Shogun passed the batten to Jon Jones, Ronda (a one trick Pony) was dominated by a
well rounded MIXED MARTIAL ARTIST.
Evolve or get eaten.
3 The weigh betrayed her arrogance.
She believed her own hype.
Holly is a veteran of fighting... She played her so easily at the weigh in. After this point it was all eyes on Ronda all pressure off Holly
Ronda got offended and reacted like "how dare you challenge me? Dont you know who I am."
I mean, Jesus, of course Ronda was going to walk straight forward trying to prove a point. Well played Ms. Holm.
She wasn't in bad shape; she was just put in a position she had never been in before.
That was a real fight. The first real fight she has experienced.
Her fall from grace has been AMAZING.
All week it has been THE topic of conversation in the gym; it's alll over the internet.
Everyone has an opinion on how she messed up, on where it all went wrong and what they would have done different.
Which is more; if 90% of the guys criticising her condition had a girlfriend in that 'condition' they more than likely wouldn't be on an internet forum anyway haha.
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Which makes them true; if only to myself