Ronda Rousey was not available to speak to the media during UFC 207 fight week. Rousey was absent from the post-fight press conference after her loss to Amanda Nunes. She finally broke silence and released this statement to ESPN on saturday afternoon:
“I want to say thank you to all of my fans who have been there for me. Not only in the greatest moments but in the most difficult ones. Words cannot convey how much your love and support means to me.
“Returning to not just fighting, but winning, was my entire focus this past year. However, sometimes — even when you prepare and give everything you have and want something so badly — it doesn’t work how you planned. I take pride in seeing how far the women’s division has come in the UFC. I commend all the other women who have been part of making this possible, including Amanda.
“Now I need to take some time to reflect and think about the future. Thank you for believing in me and understanding.”
Rousey did not mention any possible retirement in her statement, although she had previously hinted at it happening soon.
UFC 207 main event took place Friday night in Las Vegas, where Nunes defeated Rousey by knockout in just 48 seconds.
Rousey had lost her title in November 2015 to Holly Holm by second-round knockout at UFC 193, ending her reign as champion which went back to 2013.