Now that the dust has settled after Ronda Rousey’s stunning defeat at the hands of Holly Holm on November 14, we can now seriously engage in talks about a rematch. If you ask Rousey, she’s game, as she explained to ESPN The Magazine:
“I need to come back. I need to beat this chick.”
The defeat certainly hasn’t hurt her confidence. However, Holm’s manager wants Holly to fight someone else in advance of a Rousey rematch. Holly Holm should be fighting again on July 9, but it’s unclear if Rousey will be in the ring with her.
“I’m not sure Ronda will be ready for a July fight,” Fresquez said. “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 … ”
Money will ultimately bring the rematch to fruition, but it sounds like we may have to wait a bit on it. And if she were to lose again, sounds like Rousey would hang it up after that.
“I guess it’s all going to be determined by what happens in the rematch,” Rousey told ESPN. “Everything is going to be determined by that. Either I’ll win and keep going, or I won’t and I’ll be done with everything.”
H/T: LA Times