In the most polite way imaginable UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey (12-0) said something what many believe as a diss but some think were actual words of advice that the champ offered challenger Holly Holm (9-0). Ronda has gone on record as saying she has no ill will towards her most recent challenger but thinks a UFC belt will weigh far too heavy on her.
“I think that she’ll really enjoy her life a lot more [if she loses],” said Rousey as transcribed by Marc Raimondi for MMA Fighting. “The life of a champion, I think isn’t for everybody. And I think that the life of a contender, it’s a lot nicer in a lot of ways. A lot of these girls don’t realize until they’re the contender and they get all that extra pressure put on that they don’t really want that life. I think this kind of environment isn’t what Holly would like. I hope that she takes the money that she gets for losing and has a great life that she would like a lot more than this one.”
“I don’t think she’d be comfortable with it. I think it would take away from her quality of life, to be honest. It’s a skill I’m still learning. It’s not easy, but you have to learn to enjoy certain things, but still stay sharp and not be so relaxed you don’t make mistakes. I just don’t think it’s for some people.”
“She’s the kind of person where after I beat her and she makes a lot of money, I’m like, ‘Good for her. Buy yourself a Albuquerque house with that.’ The last chick (Bethe Correia) it was like, she’s a big old bitch, I kicked her ass, she made a lot of money and I’m like, ‘Oh well, whatever. Have fun with that.’ With Holly, I’ll genuinely be happy for her and hope that she accepts her loss in a healthy way and enjoys all the benefits that she got from this fight.”
This is not to say the Rousey is dismissing Holm.
“She’s gonna be a bigger challenge than ever,” said Rousey. “Everybody tries to come at me different ways. I think their approach is going to be the most strategic and well thought out. But no amount of strategy and thought can beat me. And I’m going to show them that.”