Ronda Rousey (pictured) haters have been having a blast since the UFC’s golden girl was knocked off her pedestal and into unconsciousness courtesy of Holly Holm. If Rousey’s detractors didn’t like her before she lost, they’re really going to pile on now after what UFC president Dana White revealed on TSN’s “Off the Record.”
“I’ve talked to [Rousey] almost every day after the fight and when she sat down with me and [UFC CO Lorenzo Fertitta] a few days ago, she said, ‘I was exhausted going into that fight. I was exhausted mentally, physically, emotional,’ She had a lot of personal things going on, too, with her family,” White shared.
What White said might be true. The UFC hasn’t been shy about putting Rousey in front of every camera around every turn, but his explanation is certainly going to come off as an excuse in some circles – particularly since it’s no secret Rousey is the promotion’s biggest cash cow.
It’s unknown what the “personal things” Rousey had to deal with, but it doesn’t take a genius to know that Rousey’s mom calling her coach a “terrible coach” and such a “terrible person” that she would run him over with her car if there were no legal repercussions was a detraction.
This wasn’t the first time Rousey has had to do the heavy lifting to promote her fight. The extensive pre-fight promo tours to hype her three prior scraps didn’t seem to effect her considering those unfortunate opponents were disposed of in a combined 64 seconds.
In the past when Rousey was asked if the UFC was putting too much of a burden on her, more than any other UFC fighter past or present, to be the face of the company, Rousey proudly boasted, “No, I’m build for this stuff.”
White admitted that Rousey’s uncharacteristic outburst when she rushed Holm at the UFC 193 weigh-ins was a tell that something may have been off. He was even more stunned to witness what took place 24 hours later.
“Me and 57,240 people in the arena were obviously shocked,” White said of watching Holm destroy Rousey. “I’m never shocked at somebody losing, but it’s the way that she lost that was so shocking. Obviously, everybody is saying, ‘He’s devastated.’ He’s this, he’s that. Listen, I always call myself the bells and whistles guy. We put on all the bells and whistles, we promote the show. They step in the Octagon and whatever happens is determined by them.
“But in the history of the sport, there’s been two people — Chuck Liddell, that I was very close, to and Ronda Rousey I’m very close to. She’s one of my very good friends, so to see her lose that way, yeah, it was tough.”
White stated Thursday that Rousey will get an immediate rematch with Holm when she’s ready. When “Rowdy” will actually be prepared to step back into the madness is unknown.