It’s been almost a year since Ronda Rousey tasted defeat at the hands–and feet–of Holly Holm.
On Friday, December 30, 2016, the former women’s Bantamweight champion is set to make her highly-anticipated return to the Octagon at UFC 207 against Brazilian, Amanda Nunes.
Rousey has enlisted the help of Olympic boxer, Mikaela Mayer, in hopes of fine tuning her boxing style.
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Rousey’s boxing skills have always been mocked by fans of the sweet science, and after Holm–who is a former professional boxing champion–put a shellacking on Rousey, the boxing world turned up the criticism.
Even legendary boxing trainer Freddie Roach weighed in on Rousey’s performance against Holm–and it wasn’t pretty.
“It was embarrassing, no one taught her about boxing,” said Roach in an interview after the fight.
Hopefully Rousey can tap into Mayer’s boxing ability and bring a better element of the sweet science to her next fight.
The 26-year-old Mayer is a former two-time US National Champion and four-time National Golden Gloves Champion. Mayer participated in the Rio Olympics earlier this year and fell one win shy of a medal.
UFC 207 takes place live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV on December 30.
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