Oh How The Mighty Have Fallen – The Demise of Ronda Rousey

When ESPN named Ronda Rousey the Female Athlete of the Year in 2015, I compared her lifetime achievements to those of Joey Chestnut. For those of you who are not familiar with Joey Chestnut, he’s a nine-time champion at the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. While it might not seem rational to compare competitive eating to women’s MMA, it actually makes more sense than comparing Ronda Rousey to the likes of Serena Williams or Lindsay Vonn.

When you look at the numbers of women and girls around the world that compete in sports like tennis, skiing, golf, soccer and basketball, and compare them to the numbers of female MMA fighters, the comparison to competitive eating is quite fair. Serena Williams might be the best female tennis player of all time, putting her ahead of millions of competitors. Ronda Rousey was nothing more than a big fish in a small pond.

I’ve always been skeptical of the media circus that surrounded Rousey during her reign as the UFC women’s champion, so when she lost to Holly Holm last November, I wasn’t at all surprised. I had been saying all along that there would be somebody who would prove to be tougher than the mighty Ronda Rousey, but I could never have predicted what has happened since.

Rousey’s loss to Holly Holm in November of last year was a nightmare for Dana White and the UFC. His most marketable fighter was humbled by a frail looking blonde girl that few had ever heard of. Rousey was an emotional train wreck after the fight, and the media darling went into self imposed exile. Things went from bad to worse when Holm followed up her win over Rousey by losing to Meisha Tate.

At least Rousey could take some solace in the fact that she has already beaten Tate twice. Holm’s loss to Valentina Shevchenko in July has upset the apple cart even further though, leaving us wondering what’s next for Rousey.

At this point, she’s got more to lose than she has to gain in a rematch versus Holly Holm. It seems crystal clear that the only thing that can save Ronda Rousey’s career would be a fight versus Cris Cyborg Santos. It would also likely be the fight that ends her career, and exposes once and for all that she was never as good as advertised.

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WHO IS THE ICEMAN? He’s no soothsayer and he doesn’t have a crystal ball, but Jesse Schule can indeed predict the future. As a professional handicapper, it’s actually part of his job description. His clients have accused him of secretly possessing Marty McFly’s Sports Almanac, but he tells us the secret to his success is thanks in part to his fascination with history. The idea that you can predict the future by studying the past is nothing new. Historians have been doing it for years.

Career Highlights:

- Perfect 10-0 start to NFL Season (2022)

- Perfect 5-0 Super Bowl Card (2018)

- Perfect 6-0 NBA Finals Futures (2017)

- Perfect 3-0 NBA Finals Futures (2019)

- Perfect 3-0 NBA Finals Futures (2020)

- Perfect 8-0 card X-Mas Day (2016)

- Perfect 8-0 NCAA Tourney picks Sweet 16 - Final (2015)

- Picked Germany +$700 to win World Cup (2014)

- Picked Marcus Mariota +$700 to win Heisman (2014)

Handicapping Methodology: Jesse is not a believer in systems, programs or number crunching formulas to handicap games. He is firm in his belief that you aren't playing against the sportsbook, you are playing against the average Joe (other bettors). Jesse is notorious for attacking inflated point spreads, soft lines and totals that are a little out of whack. He also relies on a nearly photographic memory with an uncanny ability to tell you a player's history and stats dating back for decades. Anyone can look up how many touchdowns a guy has scored, Jesse can also tell you about the ones that he almost scored.

Money Management: His plays are rated based on a 1-10 star system, and he recommends wagering 0.5 percent of your bankroll per star rating. So a top rated 10* play would represent a bet equal to five percent of a player's bankroll.

Signature Plays:

AFTERNOON EXECUTIONER: This title is reserved for games with a start time between 12:00 – 4:30 ET. These are popular with action junkies who are dying for the games to get underway.

The TERMINATOR: Jesse's signature totals play, the Terminator has established a reputation as one of the most consistent winners in Schule's repertoire.

TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE: These plays represent a game where the stats show a significant trend which isn't reflected in the price.

GRIM REAPER BLOWOUT: His signature play reserved for medium to large favorites. High percentage plays for those who don't mind laying chalk.

HOT DIGGITY DOG: This is the Iceman's signature underdog play. About as rare as strawberries in December, you'll want to grab these whenever they are available