Monthly Archives: December 2015

ONE Championship
Dec 30

New weigh-in programs in ONE Championship

By Mike Cordero | Uncategorized

This coming 2016, ONE Championship will be holding a total of 24 events and has officially released some announcements in line with a fighter’s death that happened recently.

Yan Jian Bing sadly passed away after trying to cut weight for a fight with Geje Eustaquio last ONE Championship 35. Almost two weeks after the MMA fighter’s death, the promotion released a new weigh-in program which prevents dehydration by weight-cutting. With this new program, MMA fighters will need to come in for the weigh-in a couple of times before and during fight week. This includes a weigh in three hours before their scheduled fight.

ONE ChampionshipWhen this program gets implemented, ONE Championship MMA fighters would be forced to be in the division that are actually suited for them. Fighters will no longer need to do drastic weight cuts just to make the target weight as they will be competing at their ‘walking-weight’. This ‘walking weight’ will be determined by a system that will keep the athletes’ weight monitored regularly during their entire contract to ONE Championship.

Victor Cui, the CEO of ONE Championship, has officially released a statement.

“ONE Championship has paved the way for MMA in Asia and we have always been at the forefront of innovation for the sport. By banning weight cutting by dehydration, we are leading the way globally for enhanced safety standards for professional MMA athletes. We believe that through the implementation of this new weigh-in program, our fighters will enjoy a safer and healthier life inside and outside of the cage. I invite the other two major global MMA organizations, Bellator and UFC, to follow in our footsteps to protect athletes and to eliminate the process of weight cutting by dehydration,” he said.

Vice president of ONE Championship and former UFC middleweight champ, Rich Franklin, expressed his support with the new system.

“Today I’m proud to have been involved with developing the new weigh-in program for ONE athletes. As a former MMA champion, I’ve been through the process of weight-cutting by dehydration countless times and I know first-hand how it affects an athlete physically. I personally understand the importance of safety and competing at your very best as a professional MMA athlete and after reviewing the new regulations and policies governing the weigh-in procedures and contracted weight limits, this new program does both for our athletes,” Franklin said.

Joining Dr. Warren Wang, Richard Auty, Vaughn Anderson and Dr. James Okamoto in coming up with the program is ONE Championship vice president for operations and competition, Matt Hume. Hume thinks that in order to solve the problems of weigh-ins in combat sports, this is the best way to go.

“The safety of our athletes is the top priority of ONE. After bringing in top medical officials from both the USA and Asia, we believe we have put together the best possible weigh-in program in combat sports. This program will revolutionize the way weigh-ins are conducted around the world and we look forward to the positive outcome it will have on safety standards related to weight-cutting globally,” Hume said.

The next MMA fight under the new program will be held this coming January 23rd in China.

MMA
Dec 28

Jose Aldo’s MMA coach says former champion ‘maybe overconfident’

By Mike Cordero | Uncategorized

Longtime reigning MMA champion, Jose Aldo, lost his title in just seconds into the first round against Conor “The Notorious” McGregor last UFC 194.

The new bantamweight champion threw a powerful left hook that caused Aldo to crash down the mat and ultimately ended the much-awaited fight. A lot of people didn’t expect the heavily promoted bout to end in such a fast way that there’s actually no telling which one between Aldo and McGregor is the better fighter.

A few days after the epic fight, Andre Pederneiras, Nova Uniao’s head MMA coach, recently revealed that Aldo appeared to be overconfident and didn’t follow their agreed fight plan.

MMA“I wouldn’t say anxious. Maybe overconfident, because he was really well. He was so confident in the victory he (thought) ‘I’ll throw (my hand) and will catch him’. It’s a split-second decision. Or you attack, or you get out. He decided to attack, and the other guy threw a counter to defend. He attacked, but moving in a way to stop (Aldo’s) attack,” Pederneiras said during an interview with Combate.

Pederneiras was rather definite that McGregor’s finish was due to a streak of luck though.

“How can you say a superchampion like Aldo made a wrong decision? If you analyze the fight, Aldo threw the first straight, a fake straight, and McGregor threw his punch and it wouldn’t land on Aldo’s chin, but on his head. But Aldo moves up, moves his chin up, and (the punch) lands on his chin. McGregor wanted to land on his head. And with Aldo moving up, McGregor can’t say he calculated to hit right there. He will say this, but it’s something hard to say, especially because if Aldo goes in and throws his punch, it wouldn’t have landed. However, he was happy. Let’s say it wasn’t a lucky punch, he programmed that, but the way it connected on his chin when he moved forward, I think it was lucky,” Pederneiras said.

Aldo’s camp called out for a rematch as soon as the MMA fight was over. “The Notorious”, on the other hand, has a lot on his plate right now so there’s no definite plans of rematch on his end yet. McGregor might shift to another division and go against Rafael dos Anjos, or if not, he might defend his title against fellow MMA fighter, Frankie Edgar.

As for Pederneiras, he shared his thoughts about the said choices for McGregor.

“Well, I disagree. They don’t care if I agree or not, but here’s what I say: I can’t see Aldo not fighting for a belt or not in an immediate rematch. It wouldn’t be fair if that doesn’t happen, but happen to others. ‘There’s no immediate rematch for anyone’, cool, we know what the rule is. ‘(There’s rematch) because she’s blond and sells well’? I’ll dye Aldo’s hair. Right? I don’t see other scenario than a new fight, so we can really have a fight. In my head, what happened wasn’t a fight, just a punch that landed and ended it quickly,” he said.

Dec 25

Nick Diaz on his brother Nate Diaz’ pay: “It makes me sick.”

By Mike Cordero | Uncategorized

In a recent podcast with Chael Sonnen, Nick Diaz shared his thoughts about the compensation that his brother, Nate, is getting in the UFC. Nick said that he would rather see Nate hang his MMA gloves and leave the industry than get into a bout for a fight salary of 20 grand to show and 20 grand again if he wins.

“It makes me sick. It makes me sick what I get paid. It makes me sick for what I’ve done in the past. Then you see this guy [McGregor] come out and do really well and it drives you crazy. [Nate] is stuck in the stone age back there, but I’m trying to help bring him some understanding. It’s a quick fix, though. They really sell him short, both of us. As far as the 20 and 20, these guys are laughing, thinking it’s a joke. No, dude. That’s what he gets paid,” Diaz shared about his brother’s pay.

Nick DiazThe only thing that can resolve this at the moment is for Nate to go against Conor McGregor. There were two other MMA fighters who called out the champion during the post-fight interview and Nick didn’t hesitate to support his brother’s call.

“You can’t lie to the fans. They know what they want to see. It’s the fight that needs to happen. My brother’s definitely relevant. You can’t just act like he’s not. This fight should probably happen, as far as I’m concerned. You’ve got these other guys that aren’t very popular, even though they’re holding the belt. Belts aren’t important. It’s the fights that are important. Important to the fans, important to the show. That’s more money for everybody. I think Conor was saying he wanted the fight, too, one time on account of somebody pulling out because they were hurt. He was asking for the fight, too, so give him what he wants,” Nick said.

Brendan Schaub also went in and pitched in his thoughts on a possible McGregor-Diaz fight by saying that both MMA fighters would have to be separated by glass, like those seen in jail visits.

“If my brother signed a fight with somebody he’s not going to punch him in the face. Come on. He’s not going to show up at someone’s door when he’s on his way to breakfast. The fight’s already signed. The fight’s already happening. Have I ever punched anybody I was going to fight? It’s not going to happen. However, if [McGregor] doesn’t want to acknowledge what my brother said out there, in my opinion, that’s a huge insult. Hey, who the f**k are you? You’re going to get punked out. We’re all on planet Earth walking around. We have to be at the same places. You want to get punked out in front of all your fans? My brother’s fighting for 20 and 20. It doesn’t matter to him. He’s doing a free fight,” Nick said.

Nick admitted that he is not completely confident the MMA promotion leading up to the bout will not get a bit physical. Even McGregor looks like he is going to bring it one once he steps in the cage.

“[Rogan and Schaub] didn’t come off out of line or anything. For instance, like my brother’s ‘going to hit him before the fight happens.’ Someone could definitely get slapped up, but that could easily go both ways. Conor’s going back and forth with guys and you don’t see anything really happen, but they probably would happen on the outs and they would on account of nobody acknowledging what’s what,” Diaz added.

Dec 23

Tyson Fury on MMA: “It’s for people who can’t box and like wrestling on the floor.”

By Mike Cordero | Uncategorized

Back in 2013, Tyson Fury said some derogatory comments about MMA and the people who choose to playing that sport instead of boxing. These statements made headlines and a lot of people expressed their thoughts about it.

“I would take Cain Velasquez out. MMA, to me, is bulls—. It’s for people who can’t box and like wrestling on the floor. It’s rubbish,” he said back in 2013.

Two years later, it looks like he hasn’t changed his opinion about the sport even though he had been exposed more because of Rico Verhoeven, a GLORY heavyweight champ who is giving him extensive training.

In a recent interview with Ariel Helwani on Monday’s The MMA Hour, Fury explained his opinion about the MMA and MMA fighters in general.

“Not really. I think MMA is for people who can’t box, basically. That’s just my opinion on that. It’s not really entertaining for me. The only time it’s entertaining is when they stand up and punch each other. That’s what I think fans like as well. I don’t think anyone likes to see people roll about the floor. I think people want to see the stand-up punching. Even the referee when they’re on the floor to get up, get into it. I think I speak on behalf of a lot of people that the best parts of MMA is when they’re standing up and trading punches,” Fury said.

Aside from working with kickboxers like Daniel Ghita and Verhoeven, Fury also had the chance to work in the same gyms where Paul Daley and Dan Hardy go to. Fury admitted that he’s not too familiar with the other MMA fighters, especially those in the UK. This fact toned him down. He further revealed that even though he is not a big fan of the MMA, he has nothing against those fighters who are using the sport as their bread and butter.

Tyson Fury“I don’t disrespect what anybody does. If they’re achieving something positive in their life, that’s very good and they deserve credit for it. Anybody that can do something good in sports or life in general deserves lots of credit. What I’m saying, where I’m coming from is, the best part of MMA to me is when they’re standing up kicking each other and punching each other. Stand-up combat, you see. Anything that’s stand-up, one-on-one combat, for me, I’m into. As soon as they start going up and down the floor and scoring points – not too sure how it works – but what I see, I’m not really too interested in. Sometimes they can stay on the floor quite a while before the referee says gets up before anything is going on. I just like to see the strikes getting blowed: punches, kicks, knees, whatever you like. All stand-up action,” Fury said.

Fury might eventually have some gigs in the MMA, like other boxers, since he is now a bit aware with how the sport works. Scott Coker, the president of Bellator, tried to get Fury to Spike TV in the past, but nothing has come to fruition up to this day. Fury confirmed that he is scheduled to fight Kltischko this coming summer, but he has yet to land his punches on one of the MMA heavyweight fighters in the sport.

“Me and Scott Coker’s had many conversations in the past about coming to Belltor and fight. I’m the heavyweight champion on the world in boxing and I’d like to unify and switch. I’d like to fight the UFC heavyweight champion. I’ve been calling Cain Velasquez out for two years and then he got beaten, so it showed you what I said was about right. I’lI just want to fight the best, the best stand-up fighter in the world. Whoever is the best stand-up fighter in the world, I want to fight him because I believe I’m that man. I don’t care if he wants to kick, whatever he wants to do. We can have an all-in fight because I believe I’m the best combat fighter on the planet,” Fury said.

Dec 21

Rory MacDonald says fight against Robbie Lawler is the greatest moment of his life

By Mike Cordero | Uncategorized

“The greatest moment of my life.”

This is what MacDonald admitted during a recent interview when asked about what he felt about his fight against Robbie Lawler last July 11 in Las Vegas. Even though MacDonald lost his welterweight MMA title during this fight, he said that he learned a lot from the bout and it really showed him who he really was.

“The best experience, it was a real experience, it showed me who I was. It was the best moment of my entire life. Obviously I’m disappointed that I didn’t win, I wasn’t able to push through and stop him, but at the end of the day, it was just a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I’m grateful for it,” he added.

Rory MacdonaldMacDonald said that he didn’t disagree with the results given by the judges. In fact, he found the scorecards to be accurate. He also admitted that he avoids getting caught up in the “what if” scenarios, but instead, respect his MMA opponent and learn from what happened inside the octagon.

“The reality is, he stopped me. I wasn’t slipping his punches when I should have been, I wasn’t using good technique and movement, you know? The foot was keeping me stationary, and he did what he had to do. He’s the champ for a reason. I learned from it. I think it’s going to help me grow as a martial artist. It shows me what it’s going to take to be a champion, and the changes I need to make to get to that level, to get a little bit better so I can get to that level,” he continued.

Lawler has managed to knock the senses out of MacDonald using a straight left blow. The audience is used to blood spilling all over the place, but with MacDonald barely having the strength to prop himself up successfully, a lot of fans were left stunned. The MMA fight ended really bad for MacDonald that even Dana White admitted that MacDonald did not even knew what year it was. MacDonald, however, did not seem too disturbed with how the fight ended.

“He was really finding his spot with his left right on my nose. It was giving me shock waves through my brain and my body. It just stopped me. Never broken a bone in my life, so it was an interesting feeling to fight three rounds with a broken nose. I was doing okay until the fifth,” MacDonald admitted.

Throughout his career, MacDonald said that he had been called a lot of labels such as boring, exciting, and a lot more. He is aware that the fans are starting to recognize him now more than ever as well, but he knows that things can change with a bat of an eye.

“It seems like he gets a lot more love, before this fight I was ‘the boring guy,’ after the Jake [Ellenberger] fight. Even though I was knocking people out and getting Fight of the Night, people don’t give a s—, they hear one guy say that I had a boring fight, so now I’m ‘the boring guy,’ now I have a good fight, so I’m cool again. It’s all fickle. I don’t care. I know who I am. … My next fight could be f—— boring again and s—– and they could hate me again. Who knows,” he explained.

Aside from coming out from the fight with a fractured toe and a broken nose, MacDonald admitted that he also had an MCL injury during the fight. Putting these events behind him, MacDonald is optimistic that he will be in good shape come December and be ready to fight again.

Dec 18

Daniel Cormier looks forward to Glover Teixeira’s next move

By Mike Cordero | Uncategorized

With his win against Ovince Saint Preux in the UFC Fight Night 73, Glover Teixeira thinks that he is now eligible to be in the UFC light heavyweight MMA title contender group. However, Champion Daniel Cormier does not believe this should happen.

In a recent interview, Teixeira felt that he can now call out another fighter to get in the octagon with him because of his epic win against Saint Preux. Saint Preux lost to Teixeira because of a submission move in the third round. With this win, Teixeira, who has a record of (23-4 MMA, 6-2 UFC), called out Daniel Cormier (16-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) on a championship showdown.

During the post-fight interview on FOX Sports 1, Teixeira said, “I’m not a trash talker, but I’m calling you out. He’s a great champion and he deserves to be champion. He’s the champion right now, who else am I going to come for?”.

Daniel CormierCormier, however, already has fight coming up at UFC 192 this coming October. He will be going up against Alexander Gustafsson, who has a record of 16-3 MMA and 8-3 UFC. Cormier had a lot of activities before this fight was scheduled. Aside from being an analyst on the UFC Fight Night 73 post-fight show, Cormier also won the 205-pound title belt by defeating Anthony Johnson a few months ago.

With this achievement, Cormier believes that it should be Teixeira should not be the one getting matched up against him for the belt. Cormier thinks the winner on the upcoming fight between Ryan Bader (19-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) and Rashad Evans (19-3-1 MMA, 14-3-1) should be the one given the chance on his belt instead.

“He keeps on (calling me out); he’s doing it time and time again. Listen, Glover Teixeira, great job. You fought well. You’ve got more work to do. Don’t go jumping the line. My man Rashad Evans, if he gets past Ryan Bader, deserves the next shot. Slow down Mr. Teixeira,” Cormier said.

It took a couple of years before Teixeira was able to win a fight again. He was not always on the losing side though. There was a time where he had a 22-fight winning streak all the way from 2005. However, Teixeira went into a back-to-back loss to Jones and Phil Davis. His win with Saint Preux just recently had put him back on the winning side.

Teixeira won over Saint Preux by ending their fight with a rear-naked choke. He used a lot wrestling-heavy techniques as well. Cormier is not convinced that Teixeira has already what it takes to fight him. Furthermore, he thinks Teixeira needs more wins before he can consider himself as a convincing title contender.

“Come on – that guy you saw fighting is not beating me. He did a good job but he’s not beating me. I saw improvement in his conditioning. What’s he going to do? Take me down repeatedly? Glover Teixeira needs more fights. I cannot say coming off a loss and one win shouldn’t get you a title fight. I got a title fight. Gustafsson got a title fight off a loss. We never really know what’s going to happen with Glover,” Cormier added.

Dec 16

Holly Holm says she still has more to prove

By Mike Cordero | Uncategorized

Holly Holm might be the next big thing going against Ronda Rousey.

Holm was able to improve her career from being a champion boxer with just a mere possibility of making it big in the mixed martial arts to a fighter that has the makes of going up against champion Ronda Rousey.

Surprisingly, this happened all before Holm ever had an agreement with the UFC. Holm made waves in New Mexico’s Route 66 Casino to the preliminary bouts in Bellator MMA, and finally to the Legacy Fighting Championship bout. Ronda Rousey’s line up of upcoming opponents now might include a new one.

Things got a little more serious when Holm’s manager released a statement that would somehow be the terms if ever the UFC wants Holm under their belt. Lenny Fresquez, Holm’s manager, is looking into a six-figure salary range and a quicker route on fighting for an MMA title if ever the UFC is considering getting Holm under their belt.

Holly HolmIn an interview last December 2013, Fresquez said that as of the moment, the UFC doesn’t have that many female fights that can be matched up with Holly. He also said, “We’re just waiting for them to give us the right opportunity to fight Ronda Rousey, because we want a title fight.” For Fresquez, he thinks that Holly can represent UFC better than Rousey. “Holly’s a franchise, as you can see. She’s not just your normal fighter; she’s more of a franchise,” he added.

Upon learning about these statements, it did not take long before the UFC president released some choice words for Fresquez. After a meeting with Holly’s manager, Dana White emphasized that the organization was not interested in signing up Holly at all. What White failed to realize this back-and-forth exchange of the fighter only added to her presence in the industry and eventually made her more valuable.

A few months after winning her MMA fight for the seventh time and defeating Juliana Werner for the Legacy FC bantamweight crown, the UFC eventually changed their minds and welcomed Holly as one of their newest fighters.

Hold was previously scheduled to go against Raquel Pennington at UFC 181, but she had to postpone it because of a neck injury she had while training for the bout. Back then, it may seemed very unfortunate for Holm’s UFC debut to be postponed, but it turned out to be a pretty good opportunity down the road. Holm’s debut fight with Pennington got rebooked in UFC 184 card, the same event where Rousey fought against Cat Zingano.

With Holly’s fight taking place in the same even where Rousey would have her bout, this was a perfect opportunity for her to showcase the skills that she got. What made matters even better is Holly’s fight got promoted to co-headliner fight of the night.

Holly was able to win against Pennington as expected. However, it didn’t go too well as planned. Winning by split-decision did not make much noise as what a debut fight should have.

During the post-fight interview, Holly said, “[Before the fight] everybody said, ‘Do you think you’re going to live up to the hype? I said, ‘No,’” Holm recalled. “The movie that comes out that everybody talks about that is the most awesome movie, when you go watch it, it’s usually not as good as they say. If you go check it out with no expectations it’s like, ‘Wow, that was good.’ I feel like that’s what it was.”

Even though Holly wasn’t too happy with how her fight went, she knew that this was a blessing in disguise. “I’m glad that my best performance of my life wasn’t my first fight. I’m glad that I know I have more to prove,” she added.

Dec 14

Holly Holm on fighting Ronda Rousey at UFC 200: “I don’t like to wait that long.”

By Mike Cordero | Uncategorized

The current UFC women’s MMA bantamweight champion, Holly Holm, admitted that she doesn’t have any preference as to who she will be fighting next. However, she is more concerned about the length of time she will have to wait for the next title defense bout.

In a recent interview with MMAjunkie, Holm revealed that fighting former champion, Ronda Rousey, next year would be too long.

“The only thing about July is that it’s eight months away from my last fight. That’s the biggest thing. I don’t like to wait that long,” the current MMA bantamweight champion said.

Dana White, the president of the UFC, stated that Ronda Rousey is aiming for an immediate rematch with Holly Holm at UFC 200, which will take place on July 9th next year in Las Vegas, Nevada. Holm, who has now a record of 10-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC, managed to win over the former champion by throwing a massive head kick which ultimately ended the fight in the second round of UFC 193. This win came really unexpected by everyone, especially the fans.

HolmWhile waiting for UFC 200, Holly Holm’s representatives said that a fight with Meisha Tate, who is also a former title contender, might take place before facing Rousey. Holly’s manager also questioned if Rousey can already get into a title fight that soon since she suffered a terrible knockout during UFC 193. Dana White didn’t answer the inquiry and simply dismissed the concern.

Holly, on the other hand, revealed that she just wants to make the promotion company happy and will gladly abide by its decision on her career. However, she admits that the schedule of this fight, which will have her waiting until summer, is a bit out of her comfort zone.

“I feel like a rematch is just the unspoken, yeah, that’s got to happen. A fight in between now and then, I feel like that’s like, yes, let’s stay active. There’s a lot of things that can be. In boxing, I did 10 years straight of having four fights a year, and so to wait eight months, it’s out of my norm,” Holly said during a recent interview with MMAjunkie.

Ever since Holly joined the MMA, she revealed that she had to slow down a bit. Before sealing the deal with the UFC, she was already inactive for ten months because her management dealt with some negotiations with the promotion. Finally after several months, Holm made her debut in February and has managed to win every bout ever since.

Now that she has faced the former undisputed MMA bantamweight champ and won the belt, Holly is getting ready to slow down her pace once again.

“I’ll be OK with it if (I fight at UFC 200). We’ll just see what happens, and see how the cards unfold,” she added.

Dec 11

Rose Namajunas on Paige VanZant loss: “I feel like the position that she’s in right now is like what I was in a year ago.”

By Mike Cordero | Uncategorized

Almost a year ago today, Rose Namajunas was in the exact position where Paige VanZant was in- sitting and grieving on a terrible MMA loss that just took place. Back then, Namajunas also had difficult time to embrace what happened and  let the loss against Carla Esparza to sink in .

“I feel like the position that she’s in right now is like what I was in a year ago. It’s similar. I shouldn’t say (it’s the same). Nobody is the same. But I can feel for her, and she showed a lot of heart in this fight. So I know she’s going to come back real strong,” Namajunas said during a recent interview last Thursday.

Namajunas vs VanZantNamajunas evidently dominated VanZant during the UFC Fight Night 80 strawweight MMA main card bout. It was clear that she was all over VanZant since the beginning; Namajunas outclassed VanZant in several occasions, and even attempted on several submissions, before finally ending the fight with a rear-naked choke during the fifth round.

During the post-event interview, VanZant admitted that she felt “outclassed” during the entire fight. Even though this is the case, everyone saw how persevering she was during the entire fight. The 21-year-old surpassed each bad situation she got into, including two attempts of armbar, and grabbed every opportunity to get back on her feet.

“A couple times I was a little frustrated. But I kept hearing my corner just reaffirming my thoughts. Just let the finish come. Don’t force it. When I force things, it just doesn’t go well. But I also knew beforehand that she was going to be flexible. I knew that there were going to be submissions there, but they might not be finished right away. So just everything I knew beforehand going into it after studying her and knowing what I’m good at and what she’s good at, it just all came together,” Namajunas revealed.

At 23 years old and currently ranked No. 3, MMA strawweight fighter Namajunas admitted that she is no rush to do the necessary fights in order to advance her career.

“There’s a lot to think about right now. I definitely feel that I’ll be ready for the title shot versus whoever is going to have it, but I also want to get a little vacation time in and just sit back and enjoy the holidays. If there is an opponent for me before that, like one more and then the title, or just the title right away — it just depends on how things line up. I don’t really want to necessarily jump on it too fast. There were some things that I felt like I could have improved in the fight. I could have been more comfortable in certain spots. It was definitely a great performance, but I feel like I can always improve, so like I said, I don’t want to be overly excited or anything like that,” she added.

Dec 09

Ronda Rousey on rematch against Holly Holm: “It’s what I want.”

By Mike Cordero | Uncategorized

Ronda Rousey, the former MMA bantamweight champion, is starting to slowly come out and face the public again after weeks of silence since the biggest upset in the UFC history.

In a recent interview, Rousey revealed her plans following the epic loss last UFC 193.

Rousey, who has now a record of 12-1 MMA and 6-1 UFC, has been mum about her thoughts and feelings about her unexpected loss against pro-boxing champion, Holly Holm, during the second round of UFC 193 last November. Holm, who has a perfect record of 10-0 MMA and 3-0 UFC, gave Rousey a powerful head kick during the second round of the bout, which ultimately ended the fight.

The former champion, who hid after the loss, just recently gave a very detailed interview with “ESPN The Magazine” where she shared all of her thoughts about the very first loss since she joined the MMA industry.

RouseyRousey is obviously still shocked and full of grief because of the defeat, but she it looks like she’s doing her very best to get back on her feet and go back to her normal life. Just recently, TMZ caught up with Rousey while she was on her way to the Marine Corps Birthday Ball, which she has promised to attend even before UFC 193. When asked about her thoughts on a possible rematch, Rousey didn’t hesitate for a moment to say that she also wants a rematch to get her belt back.

“It’s what I want. It’s up to the UFC, and it’s up to her camp. So, we’ll see what happens,” Rousey said.

Even prior to losing to the new women’s MMA bantamweight champion, Rousey was already scheduled to fight for UFC 200, which will take place in July next year. Although she admitted that it may take a while for her to recover from the injuries she acquired during the fight, it looks like UFC 200 would still include Rousey in the roster.

After the loss, there were some speculations that Rousey would probably need to fight another MMA opponent before she faces Holly Holm so she can regain her confidence back. Holm, on the other hand, revealed that she is very much willing to face Miesha Tate in the interim. Miesha Tate lost to Rousey twice and was supposed to go against the former champ for the third time, but her title shot was given to Holm instead. As for giving Rousey an immediate shot at redemption, Dana White simply said that it would be unwise to do anything else aside from this.

As the only woman MMA fighter responsible for bringing women’s fighting in the promotion, Rousey definitely has earned the privilege of deciding if she wants a rematch or not. The former women’s MMA bantamweight champ made it clear that she does want a rematch, but it still depends on the promotion as to when they would set the fight. Just like any bout the Rousey was able to participate in, this rematch with Holm is expected to be one of the most awaited fights in MMA history.
“I need to come back. I need to beat this chick. Who knows if I’m going to pop my teeth out or break my jaw or rip my lip open again? I have to (expletive) do it. It doesn’t matter. I have to do it,” Rousey added.