May 18 (UPI) — UFC’s top pound-for-pound fighter isn’t holding back on his opinion of Ronda Rousey.
Demetrious Johnson went right at the former bantamweight champion in an interview Wednesday with Sports Illustrated.
Rousey hasn’t fought since her December loss to Amanda Nunes in UFC 207. She earned the first loss of her career on Nov. 14, 2015 against Holly Holm. At 12-2, Rousey stepped away from the sport and is focusing on her career in show business. That move doesn’t sit well with Johnson.
“You look at Ronda Rousey,” Johnson told SI. “You got your [expletive] beat, grow the [expletive] 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.”
Rousey has acting credits in American Judoka, EA Sports UFC video game, The Expendables 3, Furious 7, Entourage, EA Sports UFC 2 and Drunk History. She was scheduled to appear in a remake of the movie Roadhouse, before the gig was canceled.
Johnson is 26-2-1 and is the flyweight titleholder.
“Yeah, everybody has. Everybody [expletive] loses,” Johnson told SI. “It’s part of the sport. Grow up. Look, Ronda, you lost two [expletive] fights in a row, and you made more [expletive] money than the women’s roster. You’ll be fine, don’t worry about it.”
Rousey has a net worth of $ 12 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
She notoriously walked away with $ 3 million from the Nunes fight, while Nunes pocketed $ 100,000. At the time, Rousey’s $ 3 million purse was tied for the largest in mixed martial arts history.
Rousey was a bit reclusive after her losses, but has since been active on social media and appeared on the NBC show Blindspot on May 3. UFC commissioner Dana White maintains that he doesn’t expect Rousey to come back to the Octagon.
“If I had to say right here, right now — and I don’t like saying right here, right now because it’s up to her, it’s her thing — but I wouldn’t say she fights again. I think she’s probably done,” White said in January on the UFC Unfiltered podcast.
Rousey, 30, said she considered suicide after her loss to Holm. She has been somewhat cryptic about a return to the sport, frequently posting motivational messages on social media.
But Rousey’s judo coach Justin Flores also hinted that his client shouldn’t make a comeback.
“Oh man, there are a lot of layers to that,” Flores recently told Submission Radio. “Personally, from what I…I mean, I would support her, but personally I don’t think it’s in the cards. I don’t think that’s what she wants in this time of her life. I mean, I’m not discounting anything – maybe later. But I just don’t see that being something she wants to jump into and focus full force to be the best. Because if she’s gonna do anything, from what I know about her, she’s gonna do it to be the best. And not that I don’t think that she can be the best. It’s just, I just don’t know if her body and her mind at this stage in her life, if that’s what’s right for her.”
Rousey got engaged to fellow UFC star Travis Browne in April.