As a champion, she couldn't just switch coaches. It's a huge change and takes time to build a relationship with a new coach and she didn't have that time since she needed to defend. As long as she kept winning, she wouldn't have had a good reason to either. Now she has the reason and time to. As someone who still had a lot of hype behind her, she couldn't take lower level competition to develop her striking. Everyone would have thought she was crushing cans. Now no one would blame her for taking some lower level competition, especially if she makes it clear that it's to build up her striking by keeping it on the feet. She also has nothing to worry about in these competitions since if worst comes to worst, she can use her Judo. Imagine a story where she's switched to some respectable striking coach like Cordero, spent the long time off to build a relationship with that coach and let him rebuild her striking from scratch, comes back humble, and takes some lower level competition just to develop her striking and because she likes to compete. It would be a wonderful redemptive story. I miss R^3.