Unlike her loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193, Ronda Rousey has surfaced fairly quickly after getting smashed by Amanda Nunes in 48 seconds (full highlights here) last night (Fri., Dec. 30, 2016) at UFC 207 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 29-year-old released the following statement to ESPN earlier this evening:
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.
After suffering an upset loss to Holm over 13 months ago, many mixed martial arts (MMA) enthusiasts believed that Rousey would return a better fighter. However, the transcendent star didn't look like her usual self at UFC 207, throwing and landing practically no offense as Nunes picked her apart with ease.
Rousey's future in the sport is completely up in the air, especially considering she probably wouldn't challenge for the bantamweight title next time around. But with $3 million on the table, anything is possible.
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