ESPN The Magazine interviewed Ronda Rousey in the days after her stunning defeat to Holly Holm at UFC 193 last month in Melbourne, Australia. Below are some of the quotes made by Rousey in the piece that was published online on Tuesday:
Her mindset the day after Thanksgiving:
“I’m just really f*cking sad.”
Her return to the octagon:
“I need to come back. I need to beat this chick. Who knows if I'm going to pop my teeth out or break my jaw or rip my lip open. I have to f*cking do it.”
“I’ve turned off my phone," she says. "I haven't looked at it. I've just been having long conversations with Mochi [her 7-year-old Argentinian Mastiff].”
How she was beat:
“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."
"I wasn't thinking clearly. I had that huge cut in my mouth and I just spit [the blood] out at my feet. Then they brought the bucket over and I'm like, 'Why didn't I spit it in the bucket?' I never spit on the ground."
"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.’”
How she felt after:
“I just feel so embarrassed. How I fought after that is such an embarrassing representation of myself. I wasn't even f*cking there.”
Her decision to not touch gloves with Holm before the fight:
“It was just like a reaction," Rousey says about her decision not to touch gloves with Holm before the fight. "I was like, 'The last time I saw you [at the weigh-in], you were putting your fist on my chin and trying to get a cheap hit on me, then you turn around and you want to touch gloves? You have to be one way or the other. So if you want to be that way with me, that's the way it is.’”
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As far as what this means to WWE, for me, it takes her from doubtful to out. Sure, there is the chance there is a rematch to promote and Rousey somehow works it out to appear at Wrestlemania 32 (we never say never) but with her filming schedule and determination to get back on track, I believe aspirations in pro wrestling are going to have to be delayed. UFC weren’t keen on allowing her to appear anyway but now, I personally believe she has bigger things to take care of for now.