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Ronda Rousey Taking Time off, Promises to Return

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Less than 24 hours removed from the first loss of her professional mixed martial arts career, Ronda Rousey has taken to social media to shed some light on what her future holds.

The former UFC women’s bantamweight champion wrote on her Instagram:

“I just wanted to thank everyone for the love and support. I appreciate the concerns about my health, but I’m fine. As I had mentioned before, I’m going to take a little bit of time, but I’ll be back.”

Rousey was transported to the hospital immediately after her second-round knockout loss to Holly Holm in Melbourne, Australia. Many were concerned Rousey had suffered a concussion or a broken jaw, but UFC President Dana White said she was only taken to repair a split lip suffered during the fight.

As mentioned, Rousey plans on taking some time off before returning to the cage. Prior to facing Holm, Rousey had mentioned she wanted to take some time off and “let some people miss” her. The former champion said she planned on returning for UFC 200 in July, but there’s no word if she maintains that plan after the loss.

Undefeated through 12 professional bouts leading up to UFC 193, Holm handed Rousey her toughest test. Unable to deal with Holm’s constant movement and superior boxing skills, Rousey constantly found herself on the short end of the striking exchanges before getting kicked in the head.

Arguably the greatest upset in the history of MMA — and quite possibly combat sports — Holm’s victory over Rousey drew a UFC record 56,214 people.

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