Ronda Rousey used Instagram to make her first public comments since losing her UFC bantamweight title to Holly Holm in an upset loss Saturday night.
“I just wanted to thank everyone for the love and support,” Rousey wrote. “I appreciate the concerns about my health, but I’m fine. As I had mentioned before, I’m going to take a little bit of time, but I’ll be back.”
Rousey was taken to the hospital immediately following the first MMA loss of her career, and she was not available for post-fight interviews. Rousey received stitches for cuts on her face and underwent plastic surgery on her lip, ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reported.
Rousey was knocked out by Holm, a 34-year-old former boxer, in the second round of the UFC 193 matchup. The loss dropped Rousey's UFC record to 12–1.
After Saturday’s fight, UFC president Dana White spoke about the possibility of a rematch between the two fighters.
“We don’t make fights the night of the fight, but the rematch makes a lot of sense,” White said, according to the Associated Press. “The rematch is what the people want to see.”
- Erin Flynn