Ronda “Rowdy” Rousey may have been on the receiving end of a lot of heat lately after her loss to Holly Holm last November, but she may have turned the other cheek in her first public appearance since the defeat.
Rousey, who appeared as the guest host in this weekend’s episode of the NBC program Saturday Night Live (SNL), put all the issues behind her and congratulated Holly Holm for winning their match fair and square.
“This is my first time talking to the fans since my loss in November, which – by the way – was a fight that Holly [Holm] deserved to win. And I just want to take advantage to sincerely congratulate her,” said Rousey in a clip of the latest SNL episode circulating online.
However, a number of of former and current fighters have been critical of Rousey – including “Iron” Mike Tyson and the current women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm.
Tyson gave Rousey some unsolicited advice on her current profession as a fighter, saying that “we’re in the hurt business.”
“She has to understand — we’re in the hurt business,” Tyson told Conan O’Brien
“And I don’t care if you’re the king of the hurt business — we’re in the business where you get hurt. She’s just got to be seen. Come out the house, whatever. Show your face. You’re human. She’s just unfortunate that she’s a Goliath.”
“I would rather meet someone in the cage when they’re passionate about it. I don’t want it to be because they feel like they have to or because it’s expected or other people are curious about it. It’s Ronda’s life. I want her to do what she wants to do,” said Holm on a possible rematch with Rousey.