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Ronda Rousey’s Former Teammate Questions Whether Entourage Has Her “Best Interest at Heart”

Kelsey Mowatt

Ronda Rousey

The fallout continues over Ronda Rousey’s quick loss at UFC 207, and folks throughout the MMA world are debating and discussing the former bantamweight champ’s next move.

Rousey was fighting for the first time since last October, when she was viciously knocked out by Holly Holm. Although Rousey didn’t go out, out against Amanda Nunes, she was quickly dazed by the new champ and the bout was stopped just 48 seconds in. Just like last year when Rousey was defeated, people are questioning what went wrong leading up to the bout, and how things might have been different.

Case in point, recently TMZ caught up with Kayla Harrison, who is one of Rousey’s former teammates and a two-time, Olympic Gold Medalist in Judo. While discussing Rousey, Harrison said this (quote via MMA Fighting):

“I think she has a lot of people maybe around her that don’t necessarily have Ronda’s best interest at heart,” Harrison said. “I think she needs to take a good, hard look at that and maybe go back to day one, maybe go back to her family, maybe go back to her original coaches who helped her be successful, and say, ‘okay, I really know these people do care about me. Not as a fighter, not as a money-making machine, not as an actress, not as a celebrity. But as Ronda.’

“She just needs to know that the people who truly care about her are going to be there no matter what happens…”

Since Rousey’s defeat, the only comments the star has made is that she’s going to take some time to consider her future. If she does return to the Octagon, it will be very, very interesting to see if she does so, with the same camp and entourage.

Harrison also relayed that she thought Rousey was going to defeat Nunes, but that in hindsight, she believe the latter should have fought someone else, other than the champ.


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