A day after losing to bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 in Las Vegas, Ronda Rousey releases a statement, saying she will “need to take some time to reflect and think about the future.”
“I want to say thank you to all of my fans who have been there for me in not only the greatest moments but in the most difficult ones. Words cannot convey how much your love and support means to me,” Rousey said the statement to ESPN.
“Returning to not just fighting, but winning, was my entire focus this past year. However, sometimes — even when you prepare and give everything you have and want something so badly — it doesn’t work how you planned. I take pride in seeing how far the women’s division has come in the UFC and commend all the other women who have been part of making this possible, including Amanda.
“I need to take some time to reflect and think about the future. Thank you for believing in me and understanding.”
Rousey’s loss to Nunes was her first fight since losing to Holly Holm at UFC 193 in November 2015. She was stopped by the champion just 48 seconds in — the fastest knockout finish of Nunes’ 14-4 career.
After the loss, Rousey left the building without addressing cameras or media afterward.
UFC president Dana White echoed similar comments after the fight, saying he’s unsure about Rousey’s future. “I don’t know,” he said. “Ronda obviously needs to go home, take some time. She’s very rich. She doesn’t need to fight anymore. She’s super competitive. Maybe she wants to. I don’t know. We’ll see what happens.”