- Sean Ross Sapp
- JAN 1, 2017
- 11:13AM EDT
To say Ronda Rousey took her UFC 207 loss to Amanda Nunes rough is an understatement.
Rousey rushed away from the cage after being TKO'd by the UFC Bantamweight Champion and didn't appear at the post-show press conference. Rousey spoke out on Saturday, releasing he only statement since the defeat to ESPN.
“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. 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 mother and former judo champion AnnMarie De Mars also spoke to TMZ in a video in which you can see above. De Mars said that while she wants her daughter to retire, now isn't the time to make that decision,
"I think making snap decisions probably isn't the best idea. I'd like to see her retire. I would have liked to have seen her retire a long time ago... let the stupid people get punched in the face." said De Mars. In regards to her long-standing issues of Rousey's coach, Edmond Taverdyan, she said "I haven't changed my opinions, that's all I have to say about that."