Ronda Rousey reportedly didn’t watch the shocking match between Miesha Tate and Holly Holm over the weekend, but she did keep in touch with UFC President Dana White during the fight and had a very telling response when White sent her a text to let her know who won.
“I text Ronda and she said ‘What happened?’ I said ‘Miesha just choked her unconscious’ and she said ‘Looks like I’ve got to get back to work,'” White said.
Rousey has been in the headlines quite a bit in recent months following a flurry of activity within the UFC world. After her own shocking defeat at the hands of Holly Holm last fall, the former champ disappeared from the spotlight for a bit to heal up and try to figure out where she was going next. Rousey told Ellen DeGeneres earlier this year that she had suffered suicidal thoughts after her first loss, wondering to herself what she was good for if she couldn’t win. The loss was made even tougher for Ronda when some of her “fans” turned on her and went for blood online, where they shared jokes, memes, and harsh words at her expense. Still, the athlete has garnered a loyal following, and many wondered what her next move would be. Would she come back to fight once she healed, or would she stay away after the trauma?
The answer is, of course, that Rousey is a fighter. Although rumors began to float around that she would fight Holm again in a rematch later this year, it looks like she’ll take a brief break to work on her film career–she’s doing a remake of Road House–and then hit the ring hard to prepare for a fight against Miesha Tate, who has been champing at the bit for another shot at Rousey.
The duo have fought twice previously, with Tate losing both times, and she has long been vocal about her desire to get another chance.
“I think that Ronda now will fight Miesha Tate for the title. That’s what’s going to happen. That’s what I said before this fight even happened. Whoever wins tonight will fight Ronda for the title,” Dana White said.