Last month Ronda Rousey made headlines everywhere after getting knocked out by Holly Holm in UFC 193. The previously undefeated Rousey is well-known for speaking her mind and perhaps not being the most humble of MMA fighters. But in the aftermath of her loss, Rousey stayed out of the public view. But now she’s finally decided to talk about her first professional loss.
Rousey will be on the cover of the next issue of ESPN the Magazine, which hits newstands tomorrow. The issue will focus on the “Ideas of the Year.” On the cover, ESPN says their interview with her will focus on “her year of redifining what it means to be a female athlete– in victory and defeat.”
Rousey talked about her loss to Holm, saying, “I’m just really f@#king sad.” She says the damage done after Holm’s kick that knocked her out has left lasting damage to her teeth. She says, “It might be three to six months before I can eat an apple, let alone take an impact.” If that’s true, then there probably won’t be a Holm-Rousey rematch in the near future despite what certain UFC figures say.
While many people bashed Rousey after the fight due to her propensity for self-promotion, she says she doesn’t plan on making a personality adjustment in the near future. She says, “Most people get scared away from having an opinion. It’s not so much my opinions everybody relates to, it’s that I don’t care about being punished for it. It’s not my responsibility to make everything I say idiot-proof. If a dumbass can’t understand it, then I’m not going to spend my time putting everything I think into layman’s terms.”
Many also accused her of being too ambitious and taking on projects that have distracted her away from her MMA career, such as her appearances in various movies. Again Rousey says she doesn’t plan on stopping her various extracurricular activities. She says, “Maybe I can’t do it all before my prime, before my body is done. But f@#k it, maybe I can.”
ESPN is keeping most of the other details from her interview under wraps so people will pick up a copy tomorrow to find out what more she has to say. Perhaps she’ll talk about why one of the best ground fighters in the MMA decided try and outpunch a former professional champion boxer? Probably not. But you can’t accuse her of trying to run away from this either.
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Joseph Misulonas is the Girls co-editor for Playboy.com. He can be found on Twitter at @jmisulonas.