Friday night at UFC 207 Ronda Rousey suffered the second loss of her MMA career. Amanda Nunes defeated the former champion in just 48 seconds of the very first round via a TKO. The audience were left stunned, it was all set up to be a triumphant return for the “Rowdy” one. Rousey and her camp looked visibly upset after the fight.
Rousey has now broken her silence. She tells ESPN:
“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.”
Earlier today Rousey’s mother lashed out at people who were criticising her daughter and making fun of her online. She later revealed she wants Ronda to retire from MMA, and she wanted her to do so a very long time ago.