Former women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has not forgotten losing her title to Holly Holm last month. The fight had left Rousey unconscious and hospitalized, but she told ESPN The Magazine, according to People, that she was not happy about accepting the fact that she will not be able to retire undefeated.
Rousey said that it was "really f------ sad" that her fans can no longer believe that she was invincible. However, Rousey seemed optimistic about getting into the ring again, in an interview for ESPN's "Ideas of the Year" issue, which will be available on Friday.
"I need to come back," Rousey said, in the interview, cited by MMA Fighting, adding: "I need to beat this chick. Who knows if I'm going to pop my teeth out or break my jaw or rip my lip open again. I have to f------ do it. It doesn't matter. I have to do it."
"I just feel so embarrassed," Rousey said, adding: "How I fought after that is such an embarrassing representation of myself. I wasn't even f------ there."
"It might be three to six months before I can eat an apple, let alone take an impact," Rousey said, according to People magazine, adding: "Maybe I can't do it all before my prime, before my body is done." However, she adds: "But f--- it, maybe I can."
Rousey also refused to apologize for being tough and “to the point.” Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reportedly wrote in the article: "She does not soften herself to make anyone more comfortable."
Rousey reportedly said: "Most people get scared away from having an opinion," adding: "It's not so much my opinions everybody relates to, it's that I don't care about being punished for it."
Fans are eagerly waiting to see Rousey back in the ring, but a report late November said that it may not happen until next spring. After the fight with Holm, Rousey had to undergo a plastic surgery to repair a deep cut to her lip. The UFC also issued a six-month medical suspension that will stand unless she passes a head CT scan. However, even if she clears the test, she will not be allowed to fight again for at least 60 days and cannot have any contacts for 45 days, which would mean that she cannot train for over a month.
Holm said in November that she has to prepare herself for Rousey’s return. "I also know that I’m beatable, so I’m going to train twice as hard. She’s going to come back. She’s mad that it’s not her title anymore. I’ve got to be twice as ready as last time," Holm said.