All credit to ESPN for getting a post-UFC 193 interview with Ronda Rousey. And also kudos to them for getting something somewhat deep and juicy. I mean, I didn’t really need to know that after her loss to Holly Holm, Rousey went camping with her beau Travis Browne and crapped in the woods, using an entire roll of toilet paper a day, but whatever.
Anyway, the author gets her to talk about the fight, and it’s pretty insightful stuff.
The loss to Holm is still too scary to fully feel or see. The retelling is told in fragments.
“I got hit in that first round. … I cut my lip open and knocked a couple of my teeth loose. I was out on my feet from the very beginning.”
“I wasn’t thinking clearly. I had that huge cut in my mouth and I just spit [the blood] out at my feet. Then they brought the bucket over and I’m like, ‘Why didn’t I spit it in the bucket?’ I never spit on the ground.”
“It was like a dumbed-down dreamy version of yourself making decisions. … I was just trying to shake myself out of it. I kept saying to myself, ‘You’re OK, keep fighting. You’re OK, keep fighting.'”
“I just feel so embarrassed. How I fought after that is such an embarrassing representation of myself. I wasn’t even fucking there.”
Read it. Just like that Conor McGregor story from yesterday, it’s fantastic and well-written.