Ronda Rousey gave a very personal interview to ESPN The Magazine recently–her first since she was defeated in the shocking Australia match by Holly Holm–and revealed the extent of her injuries resulting from Holm’s kick to the face.
Rousey has taken a break since the November 14 fight, disappearing from social media outside of one post immediately following the match when she reassured fans she was okay and would be back. While some assumed Ronda was licking her wounds after being beaten for the first time, Rousey now says she was simply taking time to recover. The former UFC champ says that the kick to the face–which knocked her out and reportedly required stitches to a split lip–affected her teeth the most.
“It might be three to six months before I can eat an apple, let alone take an impact,” Rousey says in the interview.
The break wasn’t entirely due to the need for recovery, however. Rousey had announced a plan to take time off before the match even happened, and was looking forward to working on some of her other projects. While her immediate future is uncertain, Rousey is still the woman UFC President Dana White said he might have to start pitting against men not that long ago.
“She’s gonna have to start fighting men if she walks through Cat Zingano,” White said of Rousey’s February 28 match. “If Ronda Rousey walks through Cat Zingano the way she has walked through every body else, I don’t know what to do with her.”
There’s no doubt she’ll make it back to the cage soon, and it may even be in a rematch against Holly Holm; White said last week that he will make that happen as soon as Rousey is ready.
“Maybe I can’t do it all before my prime, before my body is done. But f**k it, maybe I can,” Rousey says in the new interview. The issue is due out on newsstands today.