In an extensive interview with ESPNW's Ramona Shelburne, former UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey discussed a series of items including the controversy surrounding her loss at UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia to current champion Holly Holm, as well as the immediate aftermath and her resolve to continue in her fighting career.
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Rousey also commented on the oft-discussed refusal to touch gloves with her opponent prior to the loss:
"It was just like a reaction," Rousey says about her decision not to touch gloves with Holm before the fight. "I was like, 'The last time I saw you [at the weigh-in], you were putting your fist on my chin and trying to get a cheap hit on me, then you turn around and you want to touch gloves? You have to be one way or the other. So if you want to be that way with me, that's the way it is.'"
But most interesting is her comment regarding the consequences of losing to the new champion a second time:
"I guess it's all going to be determined by what happens in the rematch," she says. "Everything is going to be determined by that. Either I'll win and keep going or I won't and I'll be done with everything."
Clearly, when Rousey says "done with everything" that could mean a few different things, whether it's being done with fighting, films, or fame altogether. Still, a very interesting glimpse into the mindset of a fighter that wants another shot at what she believes ought to be hers.