Ronda Rousey suffered the worst defeat in her career against Holly Holm last November but the former has a believer in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White, who said he expects Rousey to bounce back and dominate again from the loss.
“She’s one of the mentally strongest people I’ve ever met in my life and you know, just wasn’t her night – she’ll bounce back,” White told TMZ. “She killed it on Saturday Night Live [SNL], though.”
White was also asked if he thinks Rousey was overwhelmed entering the fight against Holm and the UFC boss said he doesn’t think the pressure got to Rousey.
White was referring to Rousey’s recent appearance as host of the SNL show, which was the first time Rousey appeared in public and where he addressed her loss to Holm.
Holm, who defeated Rousey with a shocking second round knockout, is set to return to the Octagon in March to face Miesha Tate at UFC 196. Defeating Tate would validate Holm as the champion in the bantamweight division and will assure the Rousey-Holm rematch, possibly in late 2016.
“I’m just ready for what opportunities come. I was OK with July as long as it was going to be a guarantee. I didn’t want them to say July and then it turned into October and the next thing you know it’s going to be a year since I’ve fought. I’m in the sport because I like to fight. I don’t want it to be all about what makes sense money-wise or what makes sense career-wise. I’m passionate about fighting, and so I want to be able to fight,” Holm said via New York Post.
The Rousey-Holm rematch was initially set for July but because of Rousey’s movie commitments and her recovery from injuries suffered in the knockout loss to Holm, Rousey’s side preferred the rematch to happen later in 2016.
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