Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm are both desperate for a rematch with one another after Holm’s defeat of the former UFC champ in November, but there’s a chance Miesha Tate will get to Holm while Rousey is recovering.
Rousey said in a recent ESPN interview that she was “embarrassed” after her loss because of her unusually wild fighting style. She talked about her injuries as well, saying that Holm’s kick to the face did extensive damage to her teeth.
“It might be three to six months before I can eat an apple, let alone take an impact,” Rousey said.
That’s a lot of time out of the cage, particularly for a fighter who was–until that match–at the top of her undefeated game. And while a rematch is in the works, Holly Holm’s manager, Lenny Fresquez, says he’d like to see Holm go up against Rousey’s former adversary Miesha Tate.
“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. 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,” Fresquez told the New York Times.
Ronda Rousey took time off after the fight, all but disappearing other than to reassure fans on social media immediately after the match that she was okay. In her first series of interviews since, she talks about what went wrong, saying her mind was clouded.
“I wasn’t thinking clearly. I had that huge cut in my mouth, and I just spit [the blood] out at my feet. Then they brought the bucket over, and I’m like, ‘Why didn’t I spit it in the bucket?’ I never spit on the ground. It was like a dumbed-down, dreamy version of yourself making decisions. … I was just trying to shake myself out of it. I kept saying to myself, ‘You’re OK, keep fighting. You’re OK, keep fighting.'” Rousey said.