UFC 207 might just be the most important event of Ronda Rousey’s MMA career.
After losing the bantamweight title to Holly Holm last year, the former Olympian retreated into privacy and refused to conduct interviews with the MMA media.
Rousey will be sticking to those guns ahead of her highly-anticipated return against current 135-pound champ, Amanda Nunes on Friday night, as it was revealed last week that ‘Rowdy’ will not be participating in any press interviews.
Nunes, who captured promotional gold after choking out WMMA pioneer Miesha Tate at UFC 200, is baffled by Rousey’s attitude towards the media.
“I don’t know what is wrong with this girl, I’m gonna be honest with you,” Nunes said in a recent interview in Las Vegas (h/t Jed Meshew of MMA Fighting). “But if she wants to play this game, she’s playing with the wrong person. I’m very focused and I know how I’m gonna stop her...”
However, the 28-year-old is glad that she gets to spend more time in the training room instead of in front of the cameras.
“It’s good for me. I don’t like to do a lot of interviews. I like to train and then step in the cage and do my job. This is the thing that I like to do. I’m okay. It’s good for me Ronda Rousey’s not doing anything. I can rest and focus on my training and losing weight and that’s it.”
Although Rousey’s media blackout has also worked in Nunes’ favor, ‘The Lioness’ says there is no way that the UFC would allow her to turn down media interviews if she was the one trying to call the shots.
“I think they would make me [do media], for sure. I think the UFC would make me do it if [I said], ‘I don’t want to do anything.’ They love Ronda Rousey, what are you gonna do? Kick her ass. I will do it.”
Nunes vs. Rousey will headline UFC 207 on December 30 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.