Prior to her loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193, Ronda Rousey was undeniably the biggest star in the UFC. In fact, she was probably (arguably) the biggest star in MMA, period.
As the reigning female bantamweight champion, many believed that Rousey did indeed deserve all the accolades and love she was getting from fans, sponsors, Hollywood, and the like. However, she may have gotten a bit big for her britches.
According to Hollly Holm, Rousey set herself up for a fall from grace
Here's what Holm said to Ariel Helwani on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour:
"I don't think that anybody deserves that. I do think that she put herself in that position. She's even said herself that if people don't like her style, then she doesn't care. That's who she is and she doesn't claim to be anybody else. I don't have any animosity towards her. A lot of people feel like maybe I should, but I just don't waste energy with stuff like that."
There wasn't much trash talk prior to the weigh-in incident where Holm and Rousey got into a bit of a tussle. Then, at the fight itself, Rousey refused to touch gloves with Holm. Something seemed to have set her off, but Holm isn't sure what that something was.
"I don't think that some of the negativity that she's received -- some of it is not necessary. People get pretty brutal about stuff. But I think she's tough enough. I think she can handle it. I don't think she's ever felt something like this before. I think she is going through a really rough time. I'd be dumb if I said anything different."
When asked if she felt bad, Holm kind of admitted that getting KO'd can be brutal but she wouldn't have changed the decision (obviously).
"Not bad enough that I would change the decision. I always sympathize with my opponents no matter what. If you win, they're going home with a bad day. That doesn't mean I want to give them the victory. You feel sadness when you lose. I don't want anybody to really feel sadness."
Holly takes the high road
"She has to be kind of bitter right now. That's OK. I really just want to do my thing and represent myself well. I'll give her the respect along the way. However she handles it is her own deal. I don't want to lose sleep over it."
She talked about becoming an "instant celebrity":
"I didn't think it would be this much, this fast. It was like immediate. I guess I didn't really think about it. It was a big victory and of course that's because Ronda has been so dominant. I give her credit, because there's no way this win could be that big if she wouldn't have been that dominant. It kind of goes hand and hand."
"I will never underestimate her. She's done well and had a lot of victories. So if she comes back, I will expect the very best Ronda. I've done it before, so I'd be dumb to think somebody else couldn't."