Is a Concussion to Blame for Rousey KO?
Ronda Rousey is not doing so well.
In a lengthy interview with ESPN, she said as much.
“I’m just really f--king sad,” she said of her mood to Ramona Shelburne about the weeks after her first career UFC loss.
What still remains is how much the former UFC women's bantamweight champion was dominated by newcomer Holly Holm. Rousey wasn't even close to being in the fight start to finish before being knocked out in the second round at UFC 193 in Melbourne.
What she revealed in the exclusive interview with Shelburne this week could be a clue as to why she was thoroughly dominated in that fight.
Could she have suffered a concussion?
“I got hit in that first round. …I cut my lip open and knocked a couple of my teeth loose,” Rousey said.
“I was out on my feet from the very beginning."
Looking back at Round One, Rousey is clearly stunned by Holm and it took it's toll on her as the fight went on.
“I wasn’t thinking clearly,” Rousey admitted, “I had that huge cut in my mouth and I just spit [the blood] out at my feet. Then they brought the bucket over and I’m like, ‘Why didn’t I spit it in the bucket?’ I never spit on the ground."
She went on to label herself as a "dumbed-down, dreamy version" of herself.
After the loss, a bloodied Rousey was sent to the hospital for her injuries (that required plastic surgery) and has even been issued a six month medical suspension to recover from those injuries.
The Rousey camp has never publicly admitted a concussion (they've denied it), but as we've seen in a number of different professional sports the symptoms are there. However, you'll recall that Shelburne reported that Rousey did not suffer a concussion.
Concussion or not Rousey will be out of action for several months, but she has stated her intentions of coming back to get her revenge on Holm.
“I need to come back. I need to beat this chick,” she said.
She'll eventually get that chance, but Holm sounds like she'll be fighting in July in Las Vegas at UFC 200.