Ronda Rousey's defeat, after weeks of trash talk, has been one of the most embarrassing moments in recent sports history.
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Now, UFC president Dana White has confirmed that Ronda will get a rematch against the defending bantamweight titleholder Holly Holm.
White announced the rematch on the Mike & Mike radio show, though he said that there isn't a timeline. "I think that if we didn’t make the rematch, me and Lorenzo should probably lose our promoters' license," White said of UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta. "Yeah, that fight’s going to happen. I don’t know when, but that’s the fight that will happen."
He explained that the rematch is extremely important to continuance of the sport: "Ronda Rousey has gone undefeated, taken the sport to another level, and was beating the best women in the world in 14 seconds or 30 seconds, so she deserves a rematch."
White has already had the discussion with Holm about the rematch: "Holly agrees she deserves a rematch," the UFC exec said. "And we'll figure it out."
"I’ll train just as hard, I'll train twice as hard for the rematch, because anyone who has been as successful as Ronda has obviously been a champion for a reason," Holm said in the days following her initial win. "She’s a very dominant athlete, a very hard-working athlete, so I know she'll be coming back with a vengeance and I'll have to be ready."
On November 14, 2015, Holm surprised just about everyone by defeating Rousey in the second round.
For her part, Ronda was pretty shocked as well: "I just wanted to thank everyone for the love and support," Rousey wrote on Nov. 15. "I appreciate the concerns about my health, but I'm fine. As I had mentioned before, I'm going to take a little bit of time, but I'll be back."
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Holm has said that she and Rousey haven't spoken since the fight. "I know there's a lot of emotion going into a fight, but everything in a fight — none of it comes out of an evil heart," the New Mexico native said. "It's just two people chasing the same dream . . . I appreciate the champion that she's been . . . I appreciate everything she's done for the sport."