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Dolce: Ronda Rousey was in excellent shape, had easier cut at UFC 193

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Mike Dolce refutes statements from observers saying that Ronda Rousey wasn't in optimal shape for her bout against Holly Holm.

Bruce Buffer recently stated that heavy media obligations contributed to Ronda Rousey's loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193. Mike Dolce, Rousey's nutritionist that is with her every single day during camp, commented on the heavy media load that the former champion had and how it related to her overall fitness.

"From an outside perspective I do not know how she has been able to do so much for so long at such an elite level," Dolce told Submission Radio. "There is no athlete in the sport of MMA that has more media or has to perform more media than Ronda Rousey. So she’s truly handicapped moving into any events because of her crazy, crazy schedule, that none of her competitors have."

"Her competitors maybe have 20 precent of the media that Ronda has, leading up to these fights," he said. "So is that a disadvantage for her? Absolutely. Does it have a negative effect? I could not honestly say, because she’s never communicated that. She’s seemed to embrace it."

While it's true that Rousey does an incredible amount of media to promote her fights, Dolce is quick to note that her fitness on this specific camp wasn't worse than her other bouts. Despite some people commenting about Rousey's physical appearance on the fight, Dolce states that rumors of having a tough cut or being out of shape are simply untrue.

In fact, he states that Rousey had an easier cut this time compared to her last one.

"Ronda was in excellent shape. She had an amazing training camp, there were no discernable changes to her meal plan or her weight cut," he said. "She was actually two pounds lighter this fight week than she was the fight week vs Bethe Correia."

"So you could pull back and look at the data points. The data points show that Ronda should have had a much better performance. But what the variable is, is Holly Holm," he stated. "Holly Holm did a great job on that night."

"So this is what people are trying to hang their hat on, but nobody’s really talking about the great job that Holly did. Holly was 47-3 going into this fight with Ronda Rousey. She had four times the combat experience that Ronda Rousey had going into this fight. Nobody actually talked about that."

Even if Holm did an excellent job at studying and systematically shutting down Rousey's clinch game en route to picking her apart on the feet, there still seem to be a number of folks who try to pin the loss on various reasons outside the cage. While I don't necessarily agree with Dolce's premise that nobody has given the new champion proper credit for the victory, maybe it's time everyone does.