Ronda Rousey In First Interview Since Being KO’d: ‘I’m Really F-cking Sad’
Former UFC champion (still feels weird saying that) Ronda Rousey will grace the cover of ESPN The Magazine’s “Ideas of the Year” issue on December 8th. Inside the issue will be the first interview Rousey has given since her stunning knockout upset at the hands (and more specifically, foot) of Holly Holm.
After a crushing defeat by Holly Holm left Rousey unconscious, hospitalized and “really f—ing sad,” the Ultimate Fighting Championship superstar was forced to accept the fact that she won’t retire undefeated – that she’s not, as people were starting to believe, invincible.
The stitches in her lip still dissolving, and a few of her teeth still unstable from Holm’s fight-ending kick to the face, Rousey admits to ESPN The Magazine in its “Ideas of the Year” issue, on newsstands Friday: “It might be three to six months before I can eat an apple, let alone take an impact.”
But, in a new interview at her “smallish boho town house” in Venice, California, less than two weeks after the fight that brought a shocking close to her winning streak, Rousey remains optimistic. “Maybe I can’t do it all before my prime, before my body is done,” she says. “But f— it, maybe I can.”
That being said, UFC head honcho Dana White says that a rematch between Holm and Rousey is definitely going to happen.
“I think that if we didn’t make the rematch, me and Lorenzo should probably lose our promoter’s license,” White told ESPN’s Mike & Mike. “That’s the fight that’s going to happen. That’s the fight.
“Ronda Rousey has gone undefeated; she’s taken the sport to another level and beaten the best women in the world in 14 seconds, 30 seconds. She deserves a rematch. Holly agrees she deserves a rematch. We’ll figure it out.”
“The fight [Rousey] had right before that, she knocked a girl out in 30 seconds and she was still living that lifestyle,” White said when asked whether outside distractions contributed to Rousey’s loss. “I think Ronda was so perfect for so long that as soon as one thing goes wrong, you start going, ‘Oh, she couldn’t do this; she couldn’t do that.’
“I don’t know what the answer is, why she lost — this woman who was so dominant — other than the fact Holly Holm is for real. She’s very, very good. Ronda had been a workhorse before that. Maybe everything caught up with her. Maybe she was exhausted. Or maybe Holly Holm was that good.”
Maybe Holm WAS that good. It sure looked that way.
There are rumors of the rematch taking place at UFC 200 on July 9th at a new arena in Las Vegas. Let’s hope Rousey finds time between all of her upcoming movie projects to make that happen.