Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey lost her title in dramatic fashion last month when she was brutally knocked out by former boxing champion Holly Holm at UFC 193.
Rousey, who now-infamously hid her face when returning stateside after the bout, finally commented on her loss in a recent interview with ESPN the Magazine. And while she might not be able to eat apples for at least three months, the former champ says she has no choice to but return to the Octagon and face Holm again.
"Maybe I can’t do it all before my prime, before my body is done," Rousey said. "But f–k it, maybe I can."
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That dejected tone, according to FOX Sports writer Jason Whitlock, is Rousey’s pride talking. Whitlock appeared on The Herd with Colin Cowherd this morning and expressed his disinterest in seeing Rousey compete in the Octagon again â especially when she doesn’t have to.
"Ronda Rousey has more options than any fighter in the history of fighting — UFC, boxing or otherwise. She’s beautiful, she’s articulate, she’s accessible, she’s flawed in ways that we find interesting and attractive. She can do many, many things beyond fighting."
He also believes this is a perfect opportunity for Rousey to learn the difference between pride and humility.
"Pride vs. humility is one of the greatest rivalries in sports … I see an athlete fighting between pride and humility," Whitlock said. "She ends the story talking about, ‘what else am I going to do? Of course I’m going to fight,’ and that’s pride talking."
Despite Rousey’s assertion that she will be back, there is currently no timeline for her return. The UFC will surely be cautious and allow the once-unbeatable champion as much time as she needs. But if were up to Whitlock, Rousey would just move on.
"Hopefully, she’s gonna she out of this and not let pride, and the embarrassment of how she got her clock cleaned, talk her into getting back into the ring." Whitlock finished.