Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey opened up to ESPNW’s Ramona Shelburne following the first loss of her UFC career. Rousey was dominated by Holly Holm at UFC 193 at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. One of the main criticisms of Rousey in that fight was her refusal to touch gloves with her opponent.
“It was just like a reaction,” she said. “I was like, ‘The last time I saw you [at the weigh-in], you were putting your fist on my chin and trying to get a cheap hit on me, then you turn around and you want to touch gloves? You have to be one way or the other. So if you want to be that way with me, that’s the way it is.'”
Rousey’s loss shocked many in the MMA community, but her path for redemption may prove to be a bigger story than even her undefeated run. But that all could come crashing down if she loses to Holm for a second time.
“I guess it’s all going to be determined by what happens in the rematch,” Rousey said. “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.”