Ronda Rousey was close to silent all week leading up to and immediately after her TKO loss to bantamweight world champion Amanda Nunes. On Saturday, the former champion and judo Olympian broke her silence and released a statement to ESPN where she thanked fans, saying she plans to take time to consider her future.
The full statement is below:
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.
Friday's defeat was #RondaRousey's second, straight after winning her first twelve professional fights, dating back to 2011. Prior to UFC 207, Rousey sat out of competition for about a year after getting knocked out by Holly Holm in November of 2015 at UFC 193 and losing her bantamweight title.
While she was away, the 135lb championship changed hands from Holm to Miesha Tate, and then to Amanda Nunes. Nunes submitted Tate to win the belt this past July in the main event of UFC 200.
Nunes' battering of Rousey was her first title defense. At just 29 years of age, Rousey has already accomplished a great deal, and her judo world champion mother, Dr. AnnMaria De Mars, told TMZ after UFC 207 that she would like to see her daughter retire, though she didn't know what Ronda would decide to do.
For now, it appears as though Rousey does not yet know what she will do next, either. She's earned the right to do whatever is best for herself, however, and we wish her well as she makes the important decisions.