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“No Chance” of Ronda Rousey in WWE Following Her Devastating UFC 207 Defeat Says Jonathan Coachman

ESPN’s Jonathan Coachman, who previously worked for WWE for nearly a decade, has offered some perspective on Ronda Rousey possibly transitioning to to Vince McMahon’s world.

Unsurprisingly, many combat sports and WWE fans are discussing the possibility after Rousey suffered a devastating defeat to Amanda Nunes in 48 seconds at UFC 207 – a defeat which Coachman correctly predicted in fact, saying Nunes would knock out Rousey in dominating fashion.

Here is his opinion on Rousey potentially making the jump, which he sounds just as sure about as his pre-fight prediction:

Coachman doesn’t even think WWE will consider Rousey as a ‘name’ to help the company draw ratings, increase pay-per-view buys or sell network subscriptions.

Would you guys like to see Ronda in WWE? After her two back-to-back defeats, how does this change things?


  • D2K

    “I’m not sure if she would WANT to do the work necessary to become that star though.”

    I guess you either missed that part or deliberately ignored it. It was painfully clear to everyone else that I already acknowledged that she would to WANT to do that.

    So I don’t know what your retort was all about….

  • Khosrow

    You are crazy if you think she does even ONE television match in NXT. She would be on the main roster or not at all.

  • Armitage Soulshroude

    Uh… bringing in “broken stars” and rebuilding them is exactly what the WWE does. Coachmans opinion doesn’t matter.

  • D2K

    It was ludicrous to stand-up with Nunes in the first place. Ronda should have made Nunes chase her and burn up that energy. It also would have made it easier to find and opening to shoot and get Nunes on the ground. The best way I think to defeat a striker is leverage and defense. If you stay out their range for long eventually they are going to get frustrated and take chances to reach you, and that is your chance to get inside, which is where Ronda needed to be.

    To be honest though, it really all comes down to this.

    “Everyone has a plan….until they get punched in the face.”
    ~ Mike Tyson

    Ronda never got over the first knockout from Holly Holm. As soon as Nunes connect that first punch, Ronda flashed-back to that fight and was all done. Some people never get over vicious knockouts. It can be traumatic.

  • D2K

    Correct, but the difference is that Brock Lesnar had already proven to be a top-draw in WWE. Ronda Rousey has not and this would essentially be a new venture for her.

    I don’t agree with The Coach on this but for a different reason. While he mentioned them bringing in Ronda Rousey and WWE not interested in “rebuilding her” I think that they would do exactly that. I don’t think WWE would be interested in bringing her in “as-is” for a celebrity match-spot at Wrestlemania. However, if Ronda wanted to start from scratch in developmental, build up her stock in NXT, and finally make it to the main roster, they most definitely would love to have bragging-rights of recreating Ronda Rousey. She already has the charisma and presence so all they need to do is get her acclaimed to actual in-ring work. I’m not sure if she would WANT to do the work necessary to become that star though. It’s not about whether WE would want her, but whether she wants to do that grind to become a solid superstar. She certainly doesn’t need the money.

    Despite begin clobbered in her last two fights, that doesn’t erase the other 14 that she dominated. No one dominates forever in MMA. Eventually your time is up and you have to move on. Ken Shamrock lost his last UFC fight to Dan Severn before coming to the WWF. Look at the career he had.

    I think people need to stop being prisoners of the moment and learn to look at the big picture. Ronda Rousey is still big bucks for WWE when and IF she ever steps in the squared-circle. I also don’t think her MMA career is over. Hey, even the best has lost before. Mike Tyson lost before. Muhammad Ali lost before. Michael Jordan lost before. MMA legends like Royce Gracie, Ken Shamrock, Dan Severn, Tito Ortiz, Randy Couture, Anderson Silva, and yes Brock Lesnar have all lost before.

    It’s like Rocky said. “It’s not about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can GET hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take, and keep moving forward. THAT’S HOW WINNIN’ IS DONE!” It’s real easy to quit when it seems like everything in the world is dumping all over you. Believe me, I know. It takes true courage to keep going to get what you know you are worth even when everyone and everything is against you.

  • Kristopher Robinson

    What about Brock Lesnar… Rhonda won, WAY more fights then he did and did them it a lot more of a dominating fashion. Brock was dominated by; Cain, Overreem and Carwin (and yes I know, he did win). Win/lose, has nothing to do with it. If the WWE can get her, then they will.

  • jack

    rondas coaches didnt develop her striking. she needs better coaches or she should just retire. theyve robbed her