During her recent appearance on The Ellen Show, Ronda Rousey revealed she's close to retiring (from fighting) - saying, "... I'm wrapping it up. This is definitely one of my last fights so ..."
Ms. Rousey also has a very poor poker face and as with her previous interviews, this one is chock-full of nonverbal displays. Her fans (as well as those of Amanda Nunes, who's her next opponent) might find one moment particularly telling.
Beginning at 1:03 Ellen says, "So, so, it's December thirtieth, right - that's the fight?"
Ronda Rousey responds, "Yeah."
Ellen: "That's the fight?"
Her prolonged eyelid closure (an extended blink) just after she answers, "Yeah" (1:05), is an example of classic blocking behavior. It's as if she's speaking the words, "I don't want to think about it".
A second later (1:06), Rousey's mouth momentarily morphs into an "Inward Lip Roll" (ILR). An inward lip roll is evidence the psyche is trying to control strong feelings from growing inside - as well as attempting to make any emotions less visible on the outside. In other words, an inward lip roll is one nonverbal tool we use while trying to prevent other (and more extreme) nonverbal signals - thus it's a very real form of subconscious biofeedback.
Conclusion: Ronda Rousey has significant anxiety with regards to her next fight with Amanda Nunes.
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