Ronda Rousey may be down, but she’s not yet ready to go out.
The former UFC women’s bantamweight champion has been radio silent since her knockout loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193 in November. Aside from a short social media message in which she assured everyone of her health, Rousey has not been heard from since the first defeat of her career.
After getting beat up for the majority of the first round, Rousey (12-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) was floored by a Holm (10-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) head kick early in the second frame and absorbed three follow-up shots on the ground for a decisive end to her seeming invincibility going into the fight.
Holm has been on a rampant media circus since the victory, which most recently saw her receive a massive celebration in her hometown of Albuquerque, N.M., but Rousey has remained firmly in the shadows.
Rousey conducted her first interview since the loss with ESPN The Magazine, which will be released in its entirety Tuesday. A snippet of the interview was released on People.com, though, and it revealed Rousey is still not only upset over the loss, but also feeling the physical effects.
“(I’m) really (expletive) sad,” Rousey told the magazine, which reports Rousey’s teeth were loosened by the impact of Holm’s kick. “It might be three to six months before I can eat an apple, let alone take an impact.”
If Rousey’s timeframe is accurate, it puts a potential rematch with Holm in jeopardy if the targeted timeframe is UFC 200 in July.
Despite the fact Rousey was decisively beaten by Holm, UFC President Dana White said an immediate rematch is the most logical option and going another direction should be grounds for losing his promoter’s license.
White also said Rousey shouldn’t feel rushed to return to the octagon. But if she needs six months just to return to full-contact training, it could push the window for a Holm rematch beyond a logical timeframe.
Rousey’s first interview since UFC 193 portrayed her attitude in a positive light. The outcome was crushing, and the brutal onslaught of negative reaction to “Rowdy” was even worse. But if there’s one thing Rousey has routinely done throughout her career, it’s find success far more often than failure.
She said she’s determined to that again.
“Maybe I can’t do it all before my prime, before my body is done,” she says. “But (expletive) it, maybe I can.”