Ronda Rousey has broken her silence.

Commenting for the first time since her stunning second round knockout loss to Holly Holm, the former champion took to Instagram to leave a message for her fans, thanking them for their support while maintaining her intentions of taking a break from competition.

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“I wanted to thank everyone for their love and support. 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,” Rousey wrote.

Rousey (12-1) tasted defeat for the first time in her professional career when the Holm’s shin slapped across her head early in second froudn of their UFC 193 title fight. Prior to this loss, the women known as “Rowdy” had looked unbeatable, while being praised as the most dominant athlete in the world today.

The former champion had previously expressed her desire for time off due her commitments in her movie career, with hopes of returning to defend her belt at the landmark event of UFC 200 in July.

Prior to her setback against Holm, Rousey walked away with a blistering 34-second knockout of Bethe Correia at UFC 190. This marked her third straight sub-minute victory as following her 14-second submission win over Cat Zingano and  a 16 second knockout over Alexis Davis.

While there is no official word on if Rousey still plans to return in July, UFC President Dana White has already expressed his intion of booking the immediate rematch.

 

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