Ronda Rousey’s ring partner can’t speak since she sealed a nondisclosure agreement


Ronda Rousey looked ill-equipped to understanding with Amanda Nunes’s distinguished bravery during UFC 207 and people are still perplexing to figure out why. (John Locher/AP)

With all a speak about Ronda Rousey’s apparent miss of distinguished capabilities following her 48-second detriment to women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes final month, it seems judicious to ask one of her ring partners: Did Rousey unequivocally have difficulty rapacious a simple concepts of boxing? Or was her bad display during UFC 207 only a unequivocally mistimed fluke?


It appears quarrel fans competence never know a opinion of those closest to a star while she lerned since during slightest one of them is legally thankful to keep quiet.

“I can’t unequivocally speak about how ring went or what we did,” associate UFC bantamweight Raquel Pennington told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto in an talk published Friday night. “Ronda asked me to pointer a nondisclosure agreement, so we did.”

Pennington went on to supplement a work they did together was “solid,” before finale her thoughts with, “I can’t contend too most some-more than that.”

Okamoto did fist a bit some-more out of Pennington in other collection of a QA. For instance, Pennington, who only had medicine to correct a ripped biceps, certified to being harmed during her ring sessions with a 29-year-old.

Pennington, who kick Miesha Tate by unanimous preference during UFC 205 in November, pronounced she began carrying shoulder issues even before that fight, though that she “felt it a lot after a fight.”

“I complacent it a integrate weeks and afterwards went out to sight with Ronda,” she added. “After putting in a work with Ronda, we knew we couldn’t take it anymore.”

One competence infer that if Pennington wasn’t 100 percent, she competence not have been a best choice of ring partner for Rousey, who’s never been a distinguished specialist. According to Rousey’s camp, however, she had 3 others to punch with, including MMA fighters Kaitlin Young (7-9) and Alfred Khashakyan (8-3), and Olympic fighter Mikaela Mayer, who posted a photo with Rousey to Instagram after a ring event in October.

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A print posted by MIKAELA MAYER (@mikaelamayer) on Oct 22, 2016 during 11:59am PDT

The fighters did not immediately respond to The Washington Post’s requests for comment.

Mayer, who has not mentioned carrying to pointer a nondisclosure agreement, wrote an letter to ESPNW this week regaling her knowledge ring with Rousey.

Avoiding details, Mayer pronounced she assimilated Rousey’s stay for a “couple of weeks” and saw Rousey working “extremely tough in a gym.”

“She is assertive and clever and done me implement all my tools,” Mayer added. “She was in extraordinary figure and we could tell she was hungry, focused and prepared to get her belt back.”

Rousey, who is portion a 45-day medical cessation after a TKO detriment to Nunes on Dec. 30, hasn’t indicated her career skeleton going forward.

A day after a quarrel she told ESPN in a matter that she indispensable “some time to simulate and consider about a future.”

“Returning to not only fighting, though winning, was my whole concentration this past year,” Rousey said. “However, infrequently — even when we ready and give all we have and wish something so badly — it doesn’t work how we planned.”


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