While Ronda Rousey was in the hospital, wondering if life was worth living (those comments here), newly-crowned Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm was getting a champagne bath and planning her victory parade.
It’s a dirty game.
That doesn’t mean “The Preacher’s Daughter” was unsympathetic toward her fallen foe. After all, Holm experienced a similar fate inside the squared circle when Anne Sophie Mathis put her out to pasture back in 2011. But the venerable pugilist came back even stronger and expects Rousey to follow suit.
Holm elaborates to Sherdog.com:
“I hurt for her that she feels that way because that is a very low place. I don’t want to say I’m sorry because I think on a competitive level for me, if somebody was to say they’re sorry after [beating me], it’s like, ‘No, I’m a competitor.’ I’m not a charity case. It’s something I think that you have to dig through on your own. In the long run, she’ll be stronger mentally from it.”
Since her loss to Mathis, Holm remains unbeaten in both boxing and mixed martial arts (MMA).
While a Rousey rematch is inevitable, Holm will first defend the title she won last November when she battles perennial division contender Miesha Tate, who tries to upset “The Preacher’s Daughter” in the main event of next month’s UFC 196 pay-per-view (PPV) bonanza (details).
Hopefully, Rousey will be cageside for a post-fight staredown.