Dana White Talks Consoling Rousey After Loss
Ahead of Ronda Rousey’s return to the UFC, she wanted to be left alone as much as possible, refusing to address the media or make many public appearances during fight week. After a devastating loss to Amanda Nunes, she left just as quietly.
ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, who wrote an extensive feature piece on Rousey ahead of UFC 207, is one of the few media members to have access to her.
Shelburne spoke to UFC President Dana White following Friday’s main event. White is a close friend to Rousey in addition to being her boss, and spoke briefly about a shared moment with Rousey following her second straight defeat.
"I must have tears, blood and boogers all over my f—ing jacket. I went in there and hugged her for 45 minutes," White said. "I told her, ‘I love you so much, and whatever you want to do next, I got your back. You built this. This doesn’t exist without you. You’re the best decision I ever made.’"
Rousey was attempting to regain her title, which she lost to Holly Holm in devastating fashion last November. New champion Amanda Nunes had other plans. She steamrolled through Rousey in under a minute, hurting her with straight punches from the opening bell until referee Herb Dean mercifully stepped in.
Though White had previously said Rousey would speak to the media post-fight, she left the cage immediately after the loss and made no public appearances afterwards.
Rousey’s only comments since the loss came in a public statement released to Shelburne.
Many expect Rousey to retire from fighting following two brutal losses, but such decisions have yet to be finalized or announced.