After nearly 24 hours of radio silence, Ronda Rousey (pictured) has finally made her first comments since getting plastered by Amanda Nunes at UFC 207.
In a statement likely prepared by her PR team released to ESPN.com, Rousey says she will “need to take some time to reflect and think about the future.”
Rousey took a 13-month layoff after getting kicked unconscious by Holly Holm to lose her UFC bantamweight title last November before finally feeling confident enough to return to action. Instead of accepting a warm-up fight, Rousey requested and was granted an immediate crack at Nunes’ brand new belt.
Nunes easily exploited the gaping holes in Rousey’s standup game and quickly disposed of the “Rowdy” one in merely 48 seconds.
Many believe Rousey will hang up her MMA gloves following Friday’s devastating defeat. It’s tough to read between the lines, particularly since the wounds are literally still too fresh, but Rousey does reflect on her contributions to women’s MMA in her brief statement – for whatever that’s worth.
“I take pride in seeing how far the women’s division has come in the UFC and commend all the other women who have been part of making this possible, including Amanda,” Rousey stated.
Rousey is coming under fire for once again ditching the post-fight press conference to discuss her defeat. Nobody certainly wants to answer questions after getting embarrassed, but Rousey has started to rub many the wrong way when things don’t go according to plan.
Rousey did the same thing after getting plastered by Holm.
Rousey was even gifted the right to not do any media ahead of UFC 207. The unprecedented move come off as a double-standard to many because Nick Diaz and Conor McGregor were each previously pulled from massive fights by the UFC for skipping pre-fight press conferences to promote their impending bouts.
Here’s Rousey’s complete statement to ESPN.com:
“I want to say thank you to all of my fans who have been there for me in not only the greatest moments but in the most difficult ones. Words cannot convey how much your love and support means to me.
“Returning to not just fighting, but winning, was my entire focus this past year. However, sometimes — even when you prepare and give everything you have and want something so badly — it doesn’t work how you planned. I take pride in seeing how far the women’s division has come in the UFC and commend all the other women who have been part of making this possible, including Amanda.
“I need to take some time to reflect and think about the future. Thank you for believing in me and understanding.”