It looks like any questions about whether Ronda Rousey was taking her return to the UFC seriously can be put to rest.
As Rousey prepares for her return to the Octagon at UFC 207 against current champion Amanda Nunes, she is calling on the help of an Olympic boxer to help her improve her standup game; undoubtedly Rousey’s biggest weakness.
Over the weekend, a photo surfaced of Rousey with Mikaela Mayer — a two-time US national champion, four-time national Golden Glove champion and member of Team USA at the 2016 Olympics in Rio — after a sparring session at Glendale Fighting Club.
“Good first sparring session with the champ,” Mayer wrote.
This could be the missing piece to the Rousey puzzle.
While Rousey has her own Olympic grappling credentials, her loss to Holly Holm showed clear deficiencies in her stand-up game. Spending quality time with a champion/Olympic-level boxer should only help the former champ on her quest to reclaim gold.
UFC 207 is set to take place Saturday, Dec. 30 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
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Photo Credit: Instagram/@mikaelamayer