Demetrious Johnson launched a scathing attack on Ronda Rousey over her reaction to suffering humiliating back-to-back defeats in UFC.
The former UFC women’s bantamweight champion was knocked out in stunning fashion by Holly Holm back in 2015 and took over a year to return to the Octagon.
Things only got worse from there though, with Rousey going on to lose in double-quick time to Amanda Nunes in a result that ranks among the biggest shocks in the history of MMA.
Johnson has been thoroughly unimpressed with Rousey’s reaction since, with the 30-year-old taking time out away from the sport to focus on other projects like film and TV work.
There have even been some suggestions that a return to UFC looks unlikely – something that Johnson is seemingly none too happy about.
Speaking to Sports Illustrated about how he would react to defeat in the Octagon, “Mighty Mouse” cited Rousey as an example of what not to do.
“You look at Ronda Rousey,” Johnson said. “You got your ass beat, grow the f*ck up. It happens. It’s mixed martial arts. I don’t want to be like that. If I lose, I’ll be like, I lost.”
Mighty Mouse wasn’t done there though, with his tirade against the MMA icon continuing on.
“Everybody f*cking loses. It’s part of the sport. Grow up. Look, Ronda, you lost two f*cking fights in a row, and you made more f*cking money than the women’s roster. You’ll be fine, don’t worry about it.”
Whether meant as some sort of motivational speech or simply just an example of Johnson venting his frustrations at what’s happened to Rousey since she suffered those two defeats, it’s unclear how Rousey will respond.
Given that her current coach has already poured cold water on the Fast and Furious 7 star returning to the Octagon, there’s every chance she may just ignore it and rise above the comments.
Personally, here at loaded we’d love to see Rousey make a return. Ideally in a match where she beats the hell out of Johnson and then tells him to get over it.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.