Fighting mad

Ronda Rousey says it could be months before she can eat again, is “really f****in sad”

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On November 13, Ronda Rousey lost her first fight in her UFC career against women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm, after being knocked out in the second round of their fight with a powerful kick to the head. The 28-year old fighter has now given her first interview since what is seen as one of the biggest upsets in the history of the sport, revealing she needed plastic surgery for a split lip and saying “it might be three to six months before I can eat an apple, let alone take an impact.”

Nevertheless, UFC president Dana White already promised to organise a rematch of the clash, and Rousey, still “really f****in sad” because of her loss, seems determined to return to the Octagon to defeat Holm. “I need to come back,” Rousey told ESPN Magazine. “I need to beat this chick. Who knows if I’m going to pop my teeth out or break my jaw or rip my lip open again. I have to f****** do it. It doesn’t matter. I have to do it.” Rousey, who also said she feels “embarrassed” about her performance, will nevertheless appear on the cover of ESPN magazine’s “Ideas of the Year” edition this Friday, having won two ESPY awards for best fighter and best female athlete. Holm herself, who returned to a hero’s welcome by thousands of people in her hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico, has already made it clear she’d be happy to face Rousey again.

Read the full story at The Independent.

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