Liddell Questions Rousey’s Mental Strength

Few UFC veterans know more about the mentality of a fighter than Chuck Liddell. The former light-heavyweight champion still keeps his eye on the new breed of MMA, and when asked about Ronda Rousey’s mindset ahead of her comeback fight, Liddell had some concerns.

Speaking to TMZ Sports, Liddell questioned Rousey’s mental strength following her knockout loss to Holly Holm last November. While Rousey’s comeback will be against current champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 207, Liddell wonders if she should have taken a tune-up fight first.

“It’s hard for her at her stature to come back at a smaller fight,” Liddell said. “But, I would’ve gotten her a warm-up fight, just to get mentally back in the game. Amanda Nunes is a tough, tough opponent. If you want to come back, that’s the one to come back and show you’re back.”

After Rousey lost her title to Holm at UFC 193, she disappeared from the public eye for months. In her first major interview since the loss, Rousey said on The Ellen Show that she had contemplated suicide. The biggest X-factor ahead of UFC 207 is the state of Rousey’s mind, and whether the loss has done too much harm to her fighting spirit.

Liddell compared Rousey to another long-reigning champion that lost less than a month after Rousey did: featherweight king Jose Aldo.

“A guy like Aldo gets knocked out, he wanted to fight that day. He wanted a shot at (McGregor) that day. That’s a fighter. That’s a guy that’s got it together up here (in his head): ‘I made a mistake, I know what I did, I want to win now’.

“She folded. I don’t know what happened.”

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