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Ronda Rousey to ‘take time to think about future’

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Ronda Rousey said she needs “to take some time to reflect and think about the future,” after her loss Friday, according to ESPN.

Rousey lost her second straight fight — and first fight in 13 months — via a brutal TKO at the pummeling hands of Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 in Las Vegas.

“Returning to not just fighting, but winning, was my entire focus this past year,” Rousey said in a statement Saturday, according to the report. “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, a 2008 Olympic judo bronze medalist, did not talk to media after the 48-second bout, but UFC president Dana White said he spent 40 minutes with her backstage and commented on her state.

Before the fight, Rousey, 29, said she was nearing the end of her MMA career and that Nunes would be “one of my last fights.”

 

Dana White unsure if Ronda Rousey fights again

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UFC president Dana White said he spent about 45 minutes with Ronda Rousey after a crushing loss at the hands of Amanda Nunes on Friday night.

Even White couldn’t answer the burning question — what’s next for Rousey?

“I don’t know,” White said on ESPN at UFC 207 in Las Vegas. “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.”

Rousey was pummeled in 48 seconds by the fast hands of the Brazilian Nunes. Rousey didn’t speak to media afterward, while a cocky Nunes declared Rousey finished.

White was with Rousey backstage and said the 2008 Olympic judo bronze medalist was in better spirits than after her previous fight, a stunning loss to Holly Holm on Nov. 15, 2015.

“When I walked out of the arena, people were crying,” White told media. “Regardless of whether she comes back, doesn’t come back, she’s a winner, she built this whole thing.”

Rousey’s mom, 1984 World judo champion AnnMaria De Mars, shared a touching blog post about her daughter shortly after the Nunes fight.

Before the fight, Rousey, 29, said she was nearing the end of her MMA career and that Nunes would be “one of my last fights.”

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Kayla Harrison: ‘No one does underdog better than Ronda Rousey’

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Ronda Rousey isn’t saying much publicly leading up to her comeback fight against Amanda Nunes on Friday.

But former judo training partner Kayla Harrison is. 

“No one does underdog better than Ronda Rousey,” Harrison said, according to FoxSports.com. “It’s been a while since we’ve been teammates and roommates, so I don’t know how she’s changed as a fighter or her mentality, but I can tell you that in the old days if Ronda suffered a loss, she came back with a vengeance.”

Rousey is fighting for the first time since her first MMA loss, a shocking upset at the hands of Holly Holm on Nov. 15, 2015, in Melbourne, Australia.

In 2008, Rousey became the first U.S. Olympic women’s judo medalist, taking bronze in Beijing at age 21. Harrison was a Rousey training partner leading into those Olympics.

“I had that age advantage, even though [Harrison] was heavier,” Rousey, who fought in Olympic judo one weight class lighter than Harrison (about 17 pounds), said last year. “I always beat her.”

Harrison also accompanied Rousey to those Beijing Games. Rousey suffered a quarterfinal defeat yet stormed back for bronze with three straight repechage wins later that day.

After Rousey gave up judo, Harrison went on to become the first U.S. Olympic judo champion at London 2012. Harrison then repeated in Rio and then signed a contract with World Series of Fighting, but she isn’t yet confirmed to fight.

Harrison’s commentating debut will be at WSOF 34 in New York on Saturday on NBC.

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