Former UFC champion Ronda Rousey is down in the dumps, but it doesn’t mean she’s out of the game. The one-time undefeated MMA star wants a rematch against Holly Holm in July, if possible, she told TMZ Friday morning.
Rousey, 28, admitted she was stilled bummed after her jaw-dropping loss to Holm last month, but that she was going to the Marine Corps Ball after she accepted an offer from Lance Corporal Jarrod Haschert in September. She said, "I promised I would go, and it's an honor to be asked."
It might be a good thing she agreed before her defeat at UFC 193, because if it weren’t for the event, she would still be wallowing. "I probably would stay on couch crying and eating ice cream for like another month if he didn’t ask to get out of the house, so it’s probably a good thing." She added that the past month has been the “worst ever” for her.
Rousey confirming she wants a rematch against Holmes is great news for her many of her fans, who want to see her dominate in the octagon once more. “It’s what I want,” she said, “but we’ll see what happens.”
— ESPN (@espn) December 10, 2015
The odds are in Rousey’s favor. UFC President Dana White said a rematch “is what people want to see” during a press conference in Melbourne after the loss.
Holm, 34, said she would be ready for Rousey if the time came. “She’s a very dominant athlete, a very hard-working athlete, so I know she’ll be coming back with a vengeance, and I’ll have to be ready,” Holm told Extra co-host Mario Lopez last month. “I’ll train just as hard, I’ll train twice as hard for the rematch, because anyone who has been as successful as Ronda has obviously been a champion for a reason.”
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