The MMA world has been discussing and debating what went wrong for Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 for weeks, and now the former bantamweight champ has opened up about her KO defeat to Holly Holm.
Since the devastating loss, all Rousey had said publicly, was that she’d be back. Then on Monday, People.com ran preview excerpts from an exclusive interview she did with ESPN Magazine, which revealed Rousey is taking time to recover from the defeat.
Now ESPN has published the entire interview, and in it, Rousey has revealed she was hurt, and hurt badly, not long into the bout.
“I got hit in that first round. … I cut my lip open and knocked a couple of my teeth loose. I was out on my feet from the very beginning…”
“It was like a dumbed-down dreamy version of yourself making decisions. … I was just trying to shake myself out of it. I kept saying to myself, ‘You’re OK, keep fighting. You’re OK, keep fighting.'”
“I just feel so embarrassed. How I fought after that is such an embarrassing representation of myself. I wasn’t even f–king there…”
Anyone who watched the fight could see that Rousey was in trouble not long in, and as round two started, the end certainly appeared nigh…
It is interesting to see her reporting that she was out on her feet not long in, and her claiming this is why she performed the way she did. Now sure, many will still argue that Rousey has a lot a work to do, in terms of catching up to Holm’s striking. But, this does help explain why Rousey looked so lost in there.
Later on in the interview, Rousey was also asked about whether Edmond Tarverdyan will continue to be her striking coach. The latter has taken a lot of heat in recent weeks, and critics have argued “Rowdy” should head elsewhere. Well, Rousey said “of courses” she’s staying with Tarverdyan.
Let the debate begin.