Fallen UFC world champion Ronda Rousey has revealed it could take up to six months to fully recover from injuries sustained in her brutal knockout defeat to Holly Holm in Melbourne last month.
A record crowd packed Docklands to watch Holm shock Rousey with a brutal left-foot kick to the jaw and Rousey told the upcoming edition of ESPN Magazine she had suffered damage to her teeth in the second-round knockout.
“It might be three to six months before I can eat an apple, let alone take an impact,” Rousey was quoted as saying in the brief excerpts released ahead of time.
Rousey’s defeat to Holm at Docklands was one of the biggest shocks in the history of the sport.
Both fighters have expressed optimism for a re-match once Rousey has recovered and fulfilled several longstanding commitments including filming a remake of the 1980s Patrick Swayze movie Road House.
Rousey, 28, meanwhile insisted that despite the disappointment of the defeat she planned on returning to reclaim her crown while she remained in peak physical condition.
“Maybe I can’t do it all before my prime, before my body is done,” Rousey said.
“But … maybe I can.”