Ronda Rousey refused to speak to the media during fight week of UFC 207; you were only able to see footage through UFC media, including Embedded. Following her 48-second loss to Amanda Nunes, it was all but certain she wouldn’t appear at the post-fight press conference; she didn’t.
Today, Rousey released a statement to ESPN, thanking her fans and to mention she’s going to take time off. No clue if she will actually return to fighting.
“I want to say thank you to all of my fans who have been there for me in not only 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 and commend all the other women who have been part of making this possible, including Amanda.
“I need to take some time to reflect and think about the future. Thank you for believing in me and understanding.”