Ronda Rousey will have another go at Holly Holm to regain her title and her honor after last month's shocking knock out.
Ronda Rousey was admittedly really beat up after the shorter-than-expected bout.
In fact, Ronda Rousey's description of the days following the fight leads one to believe that she may not be ready by July.
In an interview with ESPN, Ronda Rousey said of those days, “First I was so sick I couldn’t eat anything…Physically, my body was refusing its own failures. It was, like, sick of itself. Expelling itself. Like all the skin came off my face. My whole body flushed it out.”
Ronda Rousey then admitted that it’ll take her “three to six months before I can eat an apple, let alone take an impact.”
Is July far enough in the future for Ronda Rousey to be back to her full potential? UFC President Dana White, who made the announcement, thinks so.
Best feeling in the world. Still trying to process and take it all in. There aren't enough words to express what I am feeling. Thank you @ufc for the opportunity and most of all thank you to my team for believing in me. All the hours in the gym and all the years of dedication to help me get to this moment. This is a priceless moment and I could not have done this on my own. @mmacoachwink its been 17 years and one hell of a ride. Let's see where it goes from here! Greg Jackson and @izzystylewrestling ... My transition to mma would not be possible without you. All of the coaching and teammates @jacksonwink_mma ...... You are my family and love you all so much! I only hope to make you proud and be a good champion. And to all of my fans..... I would not be able to live the dream without you. Much love to you all!! Big hugs to everyone! #ANDNEW
Holm’s manager, Lenny Fresquez, isn't so sure.
He told The LA Times after the announcement, “I’m not sure Ronda will be ready for a July fight. She took a severe beating and I don’t think it’s in her best interest to take the next fight so fast. They told me she’s been ready and cleared, but … .”
He added that Holly would wait for Ronda Rousey if she wanted more time to heal. His suggested alternative? A match between Holly and heavy-hitting top ranked contender Meisha Tate to keep her skills up.
He said, “Holly’s used to staying active. We’re from the old school and we believe the No. 1 contender is there for a reason. … [Tate] deserves a shot, but it’s not for me to decide.”
Dana White, when told of Fresquez's reservations, scoffed and sarcastically said, “We’re real concerned with his opinion.”
Sounds like an amazing rematch for Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm and it's sure to be a widely watched event!
What do you think about such a quick rematch for Ronda Rousey? Do you think she'll be at her best?