After her disappointing loss at the hands of Amanda Nunes at UFC 207, Ronda Rousey is back in the public eye. Not to fight in the cage, but to fight for causes she believes in.
Earlier tonight, a picture showed up on a Standing Rock protester’s Twitter account showing Rousey on site.
— J.R.? (@JRose_WB) January 24, 2017
Standing Rock is where the Sioux tribe have set up in order to protect and protest the planned building of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline. Other protesters not tied to the Sioux tribe have flocked to the midwest to help in the efforts.
The proposed pipeline would cross the Missouri River just above the Standing Rock reservation. The Sioux have voiced their concern over the safety of their drinking water if the pipeline does become a reality
After a tense standoff that included armed police spraying rubber bullets and water cannons at civilian protesters, the United States Army Corps of Engineers denied a permit for the pipeline to cross the river until environmental until more research was completed.
However, in the biggest blow to the cause, newly elected President Donald Trump signed an executive order overturning the decision. As a result, hundreds of protesters are flocking back to the site to set up on the front line. Rousey is one, if not the most prominent member of the group.
It should also be noted Rousey has a history with Trump. During his Presidential campaign, he claimed she supported him as a candidate, a statement Rousey lambasted him over.
In terms of her UFC career, Rousey (12-2) once looked unbeatable inside the Octagon, with some outlets even labeling her as the most dominant athlete in the world today. Her dominance led to true crossover appeal, including appearances in movies such as Entourage, Fast 7 and The Expendables, while also garnering comparisons to legends of the past.
But all this came crashing down when she suffered a violent second round headkick knockout to Holly Holm at UFC 193 in November 2015.
And who was the biggest name celebrity her loss?
You guessed. Donald Trump.
Glad to see that @RondaRousey lost her championship fight last night. Was soundly beaten – not a nice person!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 16, 2015