Noua stea a UFC-ului, Ronda Rousey nu a stiut ce a lovit-o sambata seara, la Melbourne, in fata unei tenace adversare care stie sa boxeze. Ronda, o fosta judoka medaliata la jocurile olimpice are o istorie traumatizanta in spate. Dupa o copilarie dificila, luptatoarea a atins in UFC momentul celebritatii. Poate prea devreme. Si momentul invincibilitatii asacum Tyson domina boxul in 1990:

It was Ronda Rousey’s Buster Douglas moment. Those who watched it were stunned. Those who read about it the next morning did a double take. And more than a few people were wondering where it leaves her career.

In 1990, Mike Tyson was also unbeaten and had the same aura of invincibility as Rousey. Like her, he put opponents away rapidly and with ease. But on Feb. 10 in Tokyo, he faced the little-known Douglas as a 40-1 favorite and was knocked out in one of sports’ biggest upsets.
Problema cu un astfel de soc este ca pune mari semne de intrebare. Pentru o intrecere atat de brutala ca UFC-ul modern, o astfel de cadere ofera mai multe garantii pentru o cariera distrusa decat pentru o revenire. Toata lumea te iubeste cand esti in frunte, dar atunci cand cazi, iubirea se risipeste rapid. Nimeni nu are rabdare cu cei care pierd. E o lume dura, nu atat pentru ca se cara pumni in ring, ci pentru ca lupta incepe in afara octogonului, cu propria incredere si cu singuratatea.

But Tyson may provide a cautionary tale. Before the Douglas fight, he was 37-0 with a series of brutal signature wins.

Though he did reclaim his title eventually, the post-Douglas era mostly featured losses to fighters like Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis and wins over much lesser fighters.

A fi invincibil este poate cel mai dificil lucru de atins, atat in viata, in ring sau in octogon. Mayweather este poate singurul exemplu modern de invincibilitate,  dar el a lucrat toata viata pentru a fi in afara zonei de pericol. Ronda tocmai a inteles ce inseamna sa pierzi, si ce abis o desparte acum de victoriile facile din primele sale meciuri.

Where Ronda Rousey Goes From Here

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