Earlier this month on the Ellen Degeneres show, Ronda Rousey said that she still believes she's undefeated despite losing to Holly Holm at UFC 193. The Olympic bronze medalist was knocked out in the 2nd round via head kick after being repeatedly countered by "The Preacher's Daughter".
It's assumed that Rousey's words weren't used in a literal sense, and Holm has no problems with Ronda choosing to believe she's still a champion.
"I feel like, that's OK with me," Holm said to MMA Weekly (h/t Adrian MacNair of MMA Mania) Maybe that's something that is coming out of her mouth that doesn't really want to fully take in everything. I know for me any loss that I've had I look at it like, it is a very, very hard thing to swallow. But you gotta be honest with yourself."
"Maybe she needs to feel like she's undefeated and on top and that's OK for me."
While Holm extended her unbeaten MMA streak to 10-0 at UFC 193, the Jackson-Wink product is no stranger to defeat in the boxing ring. Holm amassed a 32-3-4 professional record and won multiple titles, cementing herself as one of the best female boxers in the sport. The 34-year-old said her knockout loss to Anne Sophie Mathis in 2011 was devastating but she needed to be honest with her performance to rebound and win the rematch.
"I lost focus, I didn't perform well, I didn't do what I was supposed to do. And for me I needed to be honest with myself in order for me to get better."
UFC 196 will host a co-main event bantamweight title fight between Holly Holm and Miesha Tate at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.