Ronda Rousey may be currently down, but she’s certainly a long way from being out.
After losing her UFC women’s bantamweight title to Holly Holm Saturday night, Rousey took to Instagram on Monday to give her first public comments since her shock defeat at UFC 193 in Australia.
Sent crashing down to the mat by Holm, a former boxing champion, with a kick to the jaw, Rousey was immediately taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and was not able to appear at the post-fight news conference.
She received stitches for cuts on her face and underwent plastic surgery on her lip, according to a report by ESPN. Her once untainted UFC fight record now reads 12-1.
“This is a fight. This is what happens,” UFC president Dana White said moments after the fight. “All the greats eventually go down one day.”
White, not shying away from hiding his disappointment over Rousey’s loss, spoke about the big possibility of Rousey and Holm having a rematch in the near future.
“We don’t make fights the night of the fight, but the rematch makes a lot of sense,” White said, according to the Associated Press. “The rematch is what the people want to see.”
This is just one setback for Rousey. He raura of invincibility may have faded, and her goal of retiring undefeated already burned to the ground, but it does not mean her career is over. Her next fight, should it be another crack at Holm, will definitely a much anticipated one. And this early, pundits are already sure that her comeback will be something to look forward to.
Rousey’s longtime trainer, Mick Dolce, have told reporters on Monday that she will find a way to bounce back big.
“Ronda has lost before, she lost at the Olympic games,” said Dolce. “That was a great test for her, and look at how she came back, she came back a multi-time world champion.”