As far as Ronda Rousey is concerned, she’ll be doing Holly Holm a favor by defeating her at UFC 193 next month.
With about two years of experience as the UFC’s women’s bantamweight champion, Rousey’s pretty familiar with what it takes to be a titleholder in MMA’s largest promotion. It’s not just a matter of being prepared inside the Octagon, it’s the media obligations, the traveling, the limelight and the scrutiny associated with the gold that takes a toll on a fighter — especially Rousey, who stands as the promotion’s most popular fighter.
“I think that she’ll really enjoy her life a lot more [if she loses],” Rousey said Tuesday at a UFC 193 media day (h/t MMAFighting). “The life of a champion, I think isn’t for everybody. And I think that the life of a contender, it’s a lot nicer in a lot of ways. A lot of these girls don’t realize until they’re the contender and they get all that extra pressure put on that they don’t really want that life. I think this kind of environment isn’t what Holly would like. I hope that she takes the money that she gets for losing and has a great life that she would like a lot more than this one.”
Rousey and Holm take centerstage at UFC 193 on Nov. 15 in Melbourne, Australia. Held at Etihad Stadium — a venue capable of holding over 70,000 people — Rousey’s next title defense is expected to break the UFC’s all-time attendance record, previously held by Georges St-Pierre and Jake Shields at UFC 129 inside of the Rogers Centre in Toronto.