During the UFC 207 post-fight show, UFC president Dana White admitted that Ronda Rousey was distraught following her 48-second defeat to Amanda Nunes, but he added that the ‘Rowdy’ one was dealing with it better than she had dealt with her brutal KO loss to Holly Holm in November of 2015.
White added that he expected Rousey to continue doing so thanks to the sturdy support group that surrounds her.
“She is devastated but she is a lot better than she was during the Holly Holm fight,” said White(via BloodyElbow). “Obviously she is upset but she has a lot of support with her and I think it is going to be better than the Holly fight.”
In the immediate aftermath of the fight, it sounds as though White was a major part of that support group, as the promoter told ESPN W that he spent a great deal of time consoling the former women’s bantamweight champion backstage.
“I must have tears, blood and boogers all over my f—ing jacket,” said White. “I went in there and hugged her for 45 minutes. I told her, ‘I love you so much, and whatever you want to do next, I got your back. You built this. This doesn’t exist without you. You’re the best decision I ever made.'”
Indeed Rousey was the main reason that White, who once said that women would never fight in the UFC, decided to create divisions for females. That decision paid off handsomely for the promotion, with Rousey becoming one of the biggest stars in it’s history.
Having suffered her second stoppage defeat in a row, it’s hard to imagine Rousey bouncing back but as of yet there has been no talk of retirement from the camp since the fight.