Ronda Rousey seemed to completely disappear in the build up to her highly anticipated comeback fight against Amanda Nunes so that she could focus on training. And, well, we know how that turned out.
While it’s completely understandable for a fighter to want their training routine to be kept secret, Rousey went to seriously extreme lengths to ensure Nunes wouldn’t know what she had up her sleeve. Which turned out to be absolutely fuck all.
Rousey recruited the help of fellow bantamweight Raquel Pennington, who has now revealed that the former champion made those helping her in Glendale Fighting Club sign a non-disclosure agreement.
Pennington told ESPN:
I actually talked to Ronda the night of the weigh-ins in New York [before UFC 205]. I bumped into Ronda and she asked if she could contact me and bring me out for some work.
I can’t really talk about how sparring went or what we did. Ronda asked me to sign a non-disclosure agreement, so I did. All I can say is the fact I was able to put in work with her and that it was solid work. I can’t say too much more than that.
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Pennington added that she doesn’t think Ronda Rousey should retire after the crushing defeat.
I would hope she wouldn’t finish her career like that. Obviously, I’d say that about anybody. Any athlete, you wouldn’t want to see them go out like that. It’d be good to see her pick her head up and get in there and get another fight in.
What do you think Rousey should do next?