Current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier (17-1) has strong feelings on former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey’s (12-1) first loss of her career. Even with the rumors of a turn-around rematch looming, Cormier believes that would be a terrible idea and Ronda has much to be tweaked in her arsenal.
“Holly Holm looked like a world-beater on Saturday,” said Cormier, as transcribed by David St. Martin for MMA Fighting. “Going forward, they’re talking about an immediate rematch for Ronda Rousey? The improvements Ronda needs to make will take much longer than the six-month break she’s anticipating. She needs a year or so. I would actually not fight her back again, if I was Team Rousey.”
“There was never a second in that fight were you thought Holly Holm was in trouble. She took one big left hook in the first round, but from the start of the fight, from that first straight left hand that just tagged Ronda and her chin touched her shoulder, I was like, ‘Oh boy.’ Your chin is not supposed to touch the back of your shoulder and Ronda’s did four times on Saturday night.”
“We could not have sent anyone else to Australia to a 70,000 seat arena and sell 55,000 seats. You’re the biggest star so a lot of that responsibility falls on your back of taking the organization and the sport into these new markets. With all the success comes responsibility.”
“Floyd made a statement today in response to Ronda and I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t expect anything different. The day after, everyone was saying, ‘Oh, Floyd’s going to have a good time with this.’ For all that Floyd Mayweather is, at his core, he’s still the guy that went to the Olympic Games and represented this country. He’s going to take the highroad and that’s exactly what he did.”