Ronda Rousey’s loss against Holly Holm affected her so much that it’s taking months for her to fully recover. The former UFC champion is taking some time off from the ring to focus on other ventures like EA Sports UFC 2 and Sports Illustrated, as well as hosting SNL. Ronda Rousey is on a steady path to recovery for sure.
Despite her career-defining loss against Holly Holm, the 29-year-old fighter is back in the public sphere, showing the world that she is ready to go back in the cage. She has made leaps and bounds in her physical recovery, the most recent development being that her jaw is back in commission.
“After losing her bantamweight title in November to Holly Holm at UFC 193, the star fighter suffered a number of facial and jaw injuries that have prevented her from eating food that most of us take for granted,” according to ESPN. “That is until today… Rousey posted a video in which she excitedly shared that she can in fact eat an apple again. She even shared the proof, as she happily bit into the fruit, with a giant smile on her face.”
Looks like Ronda is ready to take on Holly Holm as well.
But this doesn’t necessarily mean that she is ready for her nemesis mentally as well. When she was promoting EA Sports UFC 2, she admitted that she feels uncomfortable playing herself in the game. This could be some sort of a mental block for the former champion.
“Rousey (12-1 MMA 6-1 UFC), who shares the cover of the second UFC game with featherweight champ Conor McGregor, isn’t a fan of playing as her own character in the game. She never has and apparently never will,” reports MMAjunkie.
“It weirds me out to see myself and play as myself,” she said. “I’ve never played as myself.”
But it might help her that her next fight might not be against Holly Holm, but Miesha Tate, whom she has defeated before.
After defeating Ronda, Holly Holm went on to fight Miesha Tate, to whom she suffered a loss. This means that Miesha is the current champion, the title that Ronda is itching to regain.
“I think that Ronda now will fight Miesha Tate for the title,” Dana White said, according to the Daily Mail. “That’s what’s going to happen. That’s what I said before this fight even happened, whoever wins tonight will fight Ronda for the title.”
Check out Miesha basking in her glory on Instagram.
Meanwhile, Ronda Rousey is getting all the support she can from the ones close to her. In the midst of promoting EA Sports UFC 2, she is also trying to bring MMA to New York City, the biggest metropolitan in the U.S.
She also has been a strong voice in feminism ever since she was voted to win ESPN Best Female Athlete. Her latest Instagram photo promoted women empowerment.
But she has also been leaning on her boyfriend, Travis Browne, while trying to recover from her loss to Holly Holm.
Right after her loss, Ronda was seen “worse for wear, alongside boyfriend and fellow fighter Travis Browne,” according to Fox Sports.
Her support for her boyfriend has also been contrasting her efforts to support female empowerment, as Travis has been accused of domestic abuse.
She said, according to Wrestling Inc., “It’s hard, it’s really hard. I’m very anti-domestic violence. But I know that he didn’t do anything. Now I’m put in this situation where I’m finally happy with somebody that respects me and cares about me, and I’m like, ‘What do I do?’”
Do you think Ronda will put her loss behind her and take back the championship title from Miesha Tate? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!
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