In one of the biggest upsets of the year, and perhaps ever, Ronda Rousey was crucified for losing to Holly Holm at UFC 194. "Rowdy", who entered the bout as a massive favourite, was violently dethroned by Holm after running into a head kick in the 2nd round.
Scores of fans criticised the former bantamweight champion on social media, with many questioning Rousey's future in the sport. Former featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo advised Rousey to hang up the gloves and pursue acting full time.
One champion who isn't too impressed with the way Rousey has been dismissed since the loss is Joanna Jedrzejczyk. The strawweight sensation came to Ronda's aid in a recent interview with Sherdog.
"We're all doing this job together," Jedrzejczyk said. "We cannot forget what Ronda did before, for all of us, not just for female fighters, but for all the UFC and MMA all over the world. People cannot look at this just because she lost her last fight, you know? Like I said, she used to be, she used to fight for national U.S. team in Judo. She's been to the Olympics, she won a medal there. She was a champion so she's still one of the greatest so people cannot forget about her, you know?"
Jedrzejczyk stamped her authority in the Octagon when she brutalised Carla Esparza at UFC 185 to seize the strawweight championship. The Pole dispatched of Jessica Penne in similar fashion and set a record for the most significant strikes landed in a title fight against Valerie Letourneau at UFC 193.
Ronda Rousey is expected to re-engage with Holly Holm in an immediate rematch at UFC 200 next Summer.