Ronda Rousey is the biggest star of UFC; a dominant champion; undefeatable atleast she was until her loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193 in Australia last year. However, it was her damn care attitude that made her more famous.
The hunger for win and power coupled with her indomitable spirit made her unapologetic to anything or anyone. Probably that was why she faced abuse and backlash from her fans and many famous personalities following her loss to Holm in the Octagon. And now Holly Holm too agrees with it, that Rousey has herself brought the backlash upon her and nobody else.
“I don’t think that anybody deserves that [responding to the abuse Rousey faced following her loss],” Holm said in an interview to The MMA Hour.
“I do think that she put herself in that position. She’s even said herself that if people don’t like her style, then she doesn’t care. That’s who she is and she doesn’t claim to be anybody else. I don’t have any animosity towards her. A lot of people feel like maybe I should, but I just don’t waste energy with stuff like that.”
“I don’t think that some of the negativity that she’s received — some of it is not necessary,” Holm said. “People get pretty brutal about stuff. But I think she’s tough enough. I think she can handle it. I don’t think she’s ever felt something like this before. I think she is going through a really rough time. I’d be dumb if I said anything different.”
Rousey was pretty brutal with Holm; from calling Holm to a “fake humility bitch” on Instagram to not touching gloves with her before the fight, Rousey has been quite vocal about her feelings for Holm. Rousey infact has not even congratulated Holm on her big success. But ‘The Preacher’s Daughter’ has nothing but sympathy and kind words for Rousey and even asked Ronda haters to back off in an interview with TMZ.
“I always sympathize with my opponents no matter what. If you win, they’re going home with a bad day. That doesn’t mean I want to give them the victory.”
“You feel sadness when you lose. I don’t want anybody to really feel sadness.”
“She has to be kind of bitter right now,” Holm said. “That’s OK. I really just want to do my thing and represent myself well. I’ll give her the respect along the way. However she handles it is her own deal. I don’t want to lose sleep over it.”
Holm however, will never underestimate Rousey and is very well-focused about her rematch with Rousey whenever that happens.
“I will never underestimate her,” Holm said.
“She’s done well and had a lot of victories. So if she comes back, I will expect the very best Ronda. I’ve done it before, so I’d be dumb to think somebody else couldn’t.”