Ronda Rousey On Her Tragic Loss : “I Was Out On My Feet From The Very Beginning”
“I’m really fucking sad”
According to ESPN’s exclusive interview Ronda Rousey is down but not out. The former 6x defending champion opened up for the first time after her shocking loss to current champion Holly Holm, telling us what happened during the fight and how her life has changed since. Still healing from her wounds, Ronda isn’t planning on coming back anytime soon. “It might be three to six months before I can eat an apple, let alone take an impact,”. Like her body, her spirit is hampered but not broken and she already has her sights set on the much anticipated rematch.
“I need to come back. I need to beat this chick. Who knows if I’m going to pop my teeth out or break my jaw or rip my lip open. I have to fucking do it.”
Of what happened in the fight, Ronda said she got hit with a shot early in the first rd. that rattled some teeth and left her dazed for the rest of the fight, “I got hit in that first round. … I cut my lip open and knocked a couple of my teeth loose. I was out on my feet from the very beginning.” “I wasn’t thinking clearly. I had that huge cut in my mouth and I just spit [the blood] out at my feet. Then they brought the bucket over and I’m like, ‘Why didn’t I spit it in the bucket?’ I never spit on the ground.” “It was like a dumbed-down dreamy version of yourself making decisions. … I was just trying to shake myself out of it. I kept saying to myself, ‘You’re OK, keep fighting. You’re OK, keep fighting.'” “I just feel so embarrassed. How I fought after that is such an embarrassing representation of myself. I wasn’t even fucking there.” After the fight Rousey said she slept the whole 15hr plane ride home from Sydney leaving her boyfriend, UFC heavyweight Travis Browne to shoulder messages from friends and family. While she’s still down about the loss Ronda’s starting to come out of her shell as she’s been spotted out recently walking her dog. While they’re many theories on what could’ve contributed to Rousey’s shocking loss on Nov 14th, one of the most popular ones is that the pressure from her media obligations as well as being an icon for the feminist movement took it’s toll. When asked if Rousey would attempt to do it all again, she gave a deeply honest reply. “I feel like I’m grieving the death of the person who could’ve done that,” she says, “I always say you have to be willing to get your heart broken. That’s just what fucking happens when you try.” While Many of Ronda’s days are spent lounging with Mochi (her 7-year-old Argentinian Mastiff) or cuddling with Travis, her sights are still set on coming back and re-taking the women’s bantamweight championship. Love her or hate her, Ronda is one of those figures that we can’t help but watch, that we can’t help but talk about. Her courage cannot be denied. Here’s to hoping a swift and safe comeback to the former champ.