UFC legend Daniel Cormier claims Ronda Rousey was ‘cheated’ at Wrestlemania 38
Cormier said Rousey was “cheated” after submitting her opponent Charlotte Flair at Wrestlemania 38, but the referee didn’t notice and Flair would go on to win the match.
Daniel Cormier wasn’t happy with the end of Ronda Rousey’s match at Wrestlemania 38 against Charlotte Flair.
Rousey lost for the first time in a WWE singles match to Flair in their WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship match. Former UFC champion Cormier was quick to point out that Rousey was wronged late in the match.
“They cheated [Ronda Rousey]!,” Cormier’s tweet read. Her comment came after a finishing streak in which Flair illegally speared the referee in the game. Rousey then caught her opponent in an armbar which forced her to tap out, but the referee was still down and did not see the submission take place.
The former UFC champion then tried to wake the referee to take a big kick from champion Flair. She then quickly pinned Rousey as the referee got to her feet and signaled the end of the match.
Rousey was making her fourth Wrestlemania appearance after debuting at the event in 2015 while still competing in the UFC. The former bantamweight champion signed a contract three years later with the professional wrestling organization.
“Rowdy” gave birth to daughter La’akea last September and brought her back to WWE in January when she won the Royal Rumble in January to set up a match against Flair at WrestleMania 38.
The 35-year-old is considered a pioneer in women’s MMA after becoming the first-ever woman to win a UFC world title. During her reign as the 135-pound champion, the former Olympic judoka was known for her trademark armband with which she submitted several opponents. She holds the record for most bantamweight title defenses at age six.
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Rousey retired from fighting after back-to-back knockout losses to Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes and was later inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. She was recently called into retirement by Julianna Pena, who won the 135-pound title in a clash against Nunes last December.
“It would be amazing to pull Ronda Rousey out of retirement. It would be great for her to come back to the UFC and fight again,” Pena said. The New York Post.