Ronda Rousey hasn’t drawn much attention to herself since her fight with Holly Holm. That’s understandable, given the fact that she suffered a pretty humbling knockout in November of last year.
Rousey told ESPN last December that “It might be three to six months before I can eat an apple, let alone take an impact.”
If she was saying this in December, that would mean she wouldn’t be ready to fight again until late 2016.
For now, Ronda is busy filming movies and prepping for her upcoming appearance on Saturday Night Live, reports Yahoo. Despite her crazy schedule, she did tell TMZ that a rematch is happening “Sometime later in the year.”
“They haven’t told me any exact date or location yet,” she continued. “It’s a decision we’re all going to make together. I’m kind of waiting to hear back on what options they will give me.”
When asked to clarify whether she was talking about Holm, Rousey quipped “Of course, that’s all I want to do. What did you think we were talking about, man?”
While Rousey is busy making movies and enjoying the limelight, Holms is set to have her next fight on March 5 in Las Vegas against Miesha Tate. It’s expected that more information about a possible rematch will come after that fight is finished.
Ronday Rousey explains she didn’t take the loss that well in the days and weeks after her fight with Holly Holm.
“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,” she said. “I’ve turned off my phone. I haven’t looked at it. I’ve just been having long conversations with Mochi [her 7-year-old Argentinian Mastiff].”
Her shocking loss to Holm came weeks after a string of dominant knockouts in which she beat three straight opponents in less than a minute. Joe Rogan was so impressed with Rousey that he said “Once in a lifetime doesn’t apply to Ronda Rousey. It’s once ever-in human history.”
She doesn’t like to recall her fight with Holm, because she says she was caught off guard from the beginning. “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,” she said.
“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.”
Those who engage in sports like boxing and fighting are prone to these ups and downs. There seems to always be a day where they get beaten–and the fact that boxing and fighting are such brutal sport make the losses even more devastating to the psyche of those who compete.
That’s certainly what Rousey has been feeling lately. But with the news that she does want a rematch, her fans can rest assured knowing that Ronda’s willpower is still there in full force.
“We didn’t create this in one day, and it’s not going to be taken away from us, from me, from her, from anybody in one day,” Tarverdyan, her trainer, says. “Whatever happens in her career or in her life, we didn’t do all this **** for it to be taken away from us. In life, things are going to be taken away from you. But we always believe in each other. We’re strong next to each other. Being united and being strong helps you get through a lot in this world.”
Ronda Rousey wants a rematch, it’s now up to Holm to make it happen.
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