Not that Ronda Rousey really needs anyone coming to her defense, but Dana White has recently done just that. He probably was just as shocked as some of the rest of us who didn't think Holly Holm had any shot of picking up that W.
Here's what he had to say in regards to why Ronda might have lost:
“I’ve talked to her almost every day after the fight. When she sat down with me and Lorenzo (Fertitta) a few days ago, she said, ‘I was exhausted going into that fight. I was exhausted mentally, physically, personally.’ She had a lot of personal things going on, too, with her family. She’s gone into every fight (with lots of outside obligations) – Cat Zingano is one of the best fighters in the world (and) she beat her in 14 seconds, so I don’t know.”
When the two fighters nearly came to blows on the stage, Dana White was concerned, saying...
“It was uncharacteristic of her. She doesn’t act like that ever. Even against a girl like Bethe (Correia), who said a lot of bad things, and she really didn’t like Bethe Correia.”
It's really unclear what was going on mentally for Rousey, but Dana White thinks it was deeper than just the fact that she may have felt overmatched.
“I’m never shocked at somebody losing, but it’s the way that she lost that was so shocking. In the history of the sport, there’s been two people – Chuck Liddell, that I was very close to, and Ronda Rousey, I’m very close to. … She’s one of my very good friends, so to see her lose that way, yeah, it was tough.”
Sidenote: I don't know how great it is that Mr. White is so close with one of his top fighters. But alas...