By now I think everyone, or most everyone has heard of the loss Rowdy Ronda Rousey sustained in her bid to retain her bantamweight MMA title recently against Holly Holm. Rousey was resoundingly knocked out in 59 seconds of the second round by a combination of punches finished off by a left roundhouse kick to the jaw, which put her lights out.
All the media focused on her loss, picking out what she did wrong, what her injuries were, how long she stayed in hospital and what she would do next. Nothing was mentioned about the remarkable young woman who ended a phenomenal winning streak in such a resounding fashion. Where were Holly Holm’s praises, where was her story and why did the focus divert from the winner to the loser?
In America the mantra has always been ‘everyone loves a winner’ or ‘no one remembers who came second’ and my favourite ‘second place is just the first in a long line of losers’ So how does a society who takes this to heart and hammers this into every child growing up, every competitor who takes part in any sporting activity, how does this same society suddenly change and start to applaud the loser. The simple answer is, money. Ronda Rousey is a bankable asset that has been promoted to the hilt. She is a good looking woman who is a kick ass martial artist who sees herself as an actress in action movies. She has money written all over her. She has publicly announced she would like to be considered for the role of Captain Marvel, arguably the most important female role in the pantheon of Marvel characters. Do you think the money making machine that is Hollywood would allow a little thing like losing her title in so dramatic a fashion as this derail this aforementioned machine? Hell no! They carry on as if she won with just a little spin on the fact that she lost.
Now I’m not saying Rousey doesn’t deserve all the attention she’s getting. She has an impressive record in MMA, one that would be hard to duplicate and impossible to ignore but just for a second let’s get the facts right here, just for a minute or two. She lost her title and so I would think that the person who ended that impressive run should at least get a mention or two. So I say well done to Holly Holm. You too are a remarkable woman and I wish you all the success in your future endeavours. You’ve earned your moment in the sun so enjoy it while it lasts.