Rousey Issues Statement Following Loss

On Nov. 13, 2015, Ronda Rousey suffered the first defeat in her pro MMA career, losing her undefeated record and the UFC women’s bantamweight championship to Holly Holm. Last night, Rousey entered a UFC Octagon for the first time since that loss — after little sound bites and appearances during Fight Week — to challenge Amanda Nunes for the very same title she lost 13 months ago.

But 48 seconds after referee Herb Dean started the fight, it was all over. All the anticipation and buildup, but Rousey was defeated once again, and in quicker fashion. She said not a word after the bout, leaving the Octagon right after Nunes’ arm was raised and not appearing at the post-fight press conference.

Many have speculated if this was the last time we saw Rousey compete.

Now, less than 24 hours later, Rousey has released the following statement 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."

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