Ronda Rousey is reportedly back in the gym to train for her next fight, presumably against current UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holmes.
Rousey, who lost to Holly Holm via a devastating head-kick knockout at UFC 193 last November, has been seen training with her coaches at the Glendale Fighting Club in California this week. TMZ released photos of the training session, with most showing the 29-year-old former champion throwing combinations at a body bag and grappling with coach Edmond Tarverdyan.
It was the first time Ronda Rousey was seen doing MMA training since her loss to Holly Holm. Rousey’s physician would’ve approved. In her first interview following her November loss, Ronda said that she needed three to six months to to recuperate from the injuries she obtained from the fight. There were rumors saying that Rousey suffered from a broken jaw, but she clarified in an interview with People that it was only a case of a few teeth getting dislodged as a result of the head-kick that hit her during the fight.
“It might be three to six months before I can eat an apple, let alone take an impact,” Rousey said.
So what has Ronda Rousey been up to since her loss in November? Well, aside from a couple of minor appearances, she had a stint as a host on Saturday Night Live.
Ronda’s priorities may have shifted a bit following her loss to Holly, but she said in her People interview that she isn’t giving up yet.
“Maybe I can’t do it all before my prime, before my body is done. But f–k it, maybe I can.”
Rousey also kept herself busy in the last few months doing acting jobs. She is set to star in the reboot of the 1980’s action classic Road House, as well as with Mark Wahlberg in Mile 22. In fact, it was her stint on Road House that forced Ronda to arrive at the decision to caancel her return to the Octagon for a rematch with Holly Holm at UFC 200 in July. Following that decision, UFC scheduled a match between defending champion Holly Holm and Miesha Tate at the UFC 196 on March 5. Miesha Tate lost to Rousey twice and was denied a rematch with the then-UFC women’s bantamweight champion in favor of Holly Holm.
There’s no official word yet on when Ronda Rousey will hit the Octagon again, but if the photos showing last week’s training session are any indication, it looks like she is expected to fight the winner of the Holly Holm-Miesha Tate fight later this year. During his interview with”The Neighborhood” radio show on Wednesday, UFC President Dana White announced that Ronda’s next fight will probably happen in November.
White added during the interview that Ronda Rousey is itching to get back in the Octagon to make up for her shocking loss last year. This being her first MMA defeat, Ronda admitted in her ESPN exclusive interview that the loss made her “really f—–g sad.”
Shortly after her loss, Rousey was brought to a local Australia hospital where a plastic surgeon stitched together her busted lip. Rousey’s mouth and jaw also suffered some physical trauma on account of Holm’s devastating head-kick.
Dana White added that while Ronda was obviously shaken by her loss to Holly, she will no doubt get back to her fighting form once she has fully recovered. Once Ronda is able to clear her schedule, she’ll return to UFC soon enough, he intoned.
“She’s very intense. She’s a bad-a–,” White said of Ronda Rousey. “She’ll be back.”
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