Ronda Rousey Breaks Silence After Crushing TKO Defeat

On Saturday afternoon, speaking for the first time since UFC207, Ronda Rousey released a statement to ESPN.

Ex-champ Rousey didn’t speak to the media post-fight, but White did appear on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” and revealed Rousey was in better condition than after her stunning title loss to Holm in November 2015.

“I went backstage after and hung out with her for probably 40-45 minutes,” White said. “I’ll tell you this: She’s in better spirits this time than she was after the Holly fight. She’s very competitive. She does not like to lose. She loves to win, and she loves to do what she sets out to do.”

In her offical statement Rousey thanked her legion of fans, and also revealed that she had spent the entire of 2016 trying to ensure her return to the Octagon was a successful one, and even hinted at what her future holds..

She also went on to compliment the progression of UFC women’s bantamweight division, including current champion Nunes.

The full statement is here:

“I want to say thank you to all of my fans who have been there for me in not only the greatest moments but in the most difficult ones. Words cannot convey how much your love and support means to me.

“Returning to not just fighting, but winning, was my entire focus this past year. However, sometimes — even when you prepare and give everything you have and want something so badly — it doesn’t work how you planned. I take pride in seeing how far the women’s division has come in the UFC and commend all the other women who have been part of making this possible, including Amanda.

“I need to take some time to reflect and think about the future. Thank you for believing in me and understanding.”

UFC chief White said whether Rousey will fight again will depend entirely on how hungry she is to return to the top of the sport.

“Ronda needs to go home and take some time,” White said.

“She’s very rich, she doesn’t need to fight anymore. She’s super-competitive, maybe she wants to (fight again). We’ll see what happens.”

Rousey was unbeaten in her first 12 MMA fights before losing to Holm at UFC 193 last November.