Smile big for the camera! Yeah, about that… Now-former UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey (pictured) was not in the talking, or showing, mood when she returned home from Australia.
TMZ Sports cameras caught Rousey after touching down at LAX, at least we believe that’s Rousey since she pulled her Reebok hoodie over her head, wore big dark sunglasses and used a pillow to cover the bottom portion of her face. We’ll just assume it is “Rowdy” since UFC heavyweight and boyfriend Travis Browne was flanking her.
It certainly wasn’t the homecoming Rousey was hoping for, and a far cry from the hero’s welcome Holly Holm is set to receive in Albuquerque, but that’s what happens when you get knocked unconscious in what most are calling the biggest upset in UFC history.
Holm snatched Rousey’s UFC bantamweight belt and aura of invincibility Saturday at UFC 193 with a vicious highlight reel headkick.
Rousey hasn’t said anything since the shocking upset. She was taken to the hospital immediately after the defeat to have her busted lower lip sewn up, so she wasn’t able to attend the UFC 193 post-fight press conference to explain her dubious strategy against the boxer.
However, Rousey did release a brief message on Instagram assuring her fans that she is healthy and will be back.
Rousey is certainly taking the first professional blemish on her resume hard. Many former champions have suffered far worse injuries in their battles and attended the post-fight presser to face the firing squad. They also didn’t go to such great lengths to hide their war wounds.
Let’s just hope Rousey is able to bounce back mentally from the loss. Love her or hate her, the UFC desperately needs her.
Please click the media player below to watch Rousey avoid the paparazzi like the plague.