Jon Jones: Rousey Should Keep Fighting
When Ronda Rousey lost in brutal fashion at UFC 207, many in the MMA community and mainstream media were quick to declare her finished. The former champion has at least one fighter in her corner still, as Jon Jones said that Rousey still has a lot of fight in her and should not retire.
Speaking with TMZ Sports, Jones said that the division’s top women have caught up to Rousey and exposed the flaws in her striking game. But that doesn’t mean she is overrated, he says.
“No, I don’t agree with that,” he said. “I think the sport is catching up with her talent level and people are realizing that maybe she’s not as good as a striker as she is a ground specialist. I think Holly Holm kind of laid out a blueprint of how to beat Ronda. It works.
“One of the things about martial arts, none of us are invincible. I guess the lesson to be learned in Ronda’s situation is to always evolve.”
Jones saw firsthand the flaws in Rousey’s striking game, as his longtime teammate Holly Holm was the first to expose them. Rousey took more than a year off after being knocked out by Holm last November, but she showed no improvement in her striking ability in her 48-second loss to Nunes.
Though another Rousey return may appear unlikely, Jones would like to see her give fighting another shot and show the world that two defeats will not define her.
“I think it’d be great to see her come back,” he said. “I know it would be great to see her come back and I think it would be important for her legacy. To show people her courage and her strength and her resilience.
“I think she needs to stick to fighting. I said in a tweet, I believe she still beats like 90-percent of the division. So maybe she’s not going to be the invincible, unbeatable person people thought she was but whether she fights again or not, she’s always going to be an absolute legend.”
Jones is in the midst of his own tough times when it comes to MMA, as he is serving a one-year suspension for taking a banned substance ahead of UFC 200. He lost out on headlining one of the promotion’s biggest events ever and the chance to regain his belt. He will likely return this summer, and hopes to be an example of how a disgraced champion can get back on top.