Rousey Plans To Take Time Off, Holm Ready For Rematch
Holly Holm shocked the world at UFC 193 over the weekend, with a knockout victory over Ronda Rousey to become the new UFC women's champion.
While she basks in the moment, fans were awaiting word from Rousey, who was taken to a local hospital after the fight to get stitched up. She's since taken to Instagram to offer an update, revealing that she plans to take some time off.
"I just wanted to thank everyone for the love and support. I appreciate the concerns about my health, but I'm fine," Rousey wrote. "As I had mentioned before, I'm going to take a little bit of time, but I'll be back."
On Saturday night (Nov. 14), Holm outworked Rousey, easily winning the first round (the first time in Rousey's career), before knocking her out with a left kick to the head.
The new champ tells the Los Angeles Times that she's ready for a rematch whenever Rousey is. UFC President Dana White, however, says it probably won't happen until UFC 200 on July 9, 2016 in the new Las Vegas arena.
"I want to fight when they give me the opportunity," Holm told the paper. "I've never once said I want to fight this date against this person. I've always wanted to be the champion.
"My mental game is the best when I just take the opportunity when it comes, so whatever opportunity they give me is what I'll want to take," Holm continued.
Holm said she spoke briefly to Rousey after the fight in Australia, saying: "I told her I appreciated her and we wouldn't have the opportunities we had unless she had been such a great champion, and that I respect her a lot."