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Holm on Rousey: 'She has to be kind of bitter right now'

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UFC women's bantamweight champion Holly Holm opened up about her thoughts on Ronda Rousey, particularly the reaction she's received since her loss to Holm at UFC 193.

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Holly Holm has had her fair share of media moments since her huge upset victory over Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 in November. Many of those appearances were of a mainstream variety though, and she hadn't really given her in-depth thoughts on Rousey until a recent appearance on The MMA Hour.

There, she explained that she wasn't a fan of the reaction Rousey has received from fans since the loss. But she also understands that Rousey is part of the reason it's happening (via MMA Fighting):

I don't think that anybody deserves that. I do think that she put herself in that position. She's even said herself that if people don't like her style, then she doesn't care. That's who she is and she doesn't claim to be anybody else. I don't have any animosity towards her. A lot of people feel like maybe I should, but I just don't waste energy with stuff like that."

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"I don't think that some of the negativity that she's received -- some of it is not necessary," Holm said. "People get pretty brutal about stuff. But I think she's tough enough. I think she can handle it. I don't think she's ever felt something like this before. I think she is going through a really rough time. I'd be dumb if I said anything different."

In regards to Rousey's image or persona, Holm deflected and said that she was more interested in focusing on herself:

"She has to be kind of bitter right now," Holm said. "That's OK. I really just want to do my thing and represent myself well. I'll give her the respect along the way. However she handles it is her own deal. I don't want to lose sleep over it."

Holm (10-0, 3-0 UFC) will defend her newly-won title against Miesha Tate at UFC 197, and is expected to rematch Rousey later in the year if she keeps her belt.