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UFC 194: Ronda Rousey Enjoys Liking Holly Holm

Ronda Rousey

For UFC female bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, after destroying her opponent, she only wants to enjoy a shower and eat some hot wings.

During a recent appearance on “UFC Tonight,” the former Olympian discussed exactly what fighters must do after competing inside the Octagon.

“There are a couple of stops. First is the medical tent. That’s the first place where there’s not a bunch of people watching me,” she said. “Then the drug testing, press conference, and then you get to leave and take a shower to get ready to go out, and that’s my first moment alone.

“That’s like the time you look in the mirror and you go, ‘What did I do today?’ and I take my giggly shower and I can’t stop laughing. Then it’s out for the hot wings.”

Rousey will meet Holly Holm in November in Australia, and the unbeaten fighter knows that she’ll need to be on top of her game vs. a former world boxing champion. Holm also sports an undefeated MMA record, much like previous Rousey foes Sara McMann, Cat Zingano and Bethe Correia.

“They’re counting on me trying to rush it. With Holly, I’ll really have to be patient. They’re going to try to stay away and try to run and be safe so much that I’ll get frustrated. That’s what I intend not to do. I’m going to have to set up for something and not come in right away,” she said. “Well, you have to strike first in order to do any grappling or clinching at all. There’s no skipping that. Of course, I’m going to have to out-strike her in some way or form in order to get any grappling at all.

“Thinking about only the end and skipping the stuff in between is a big mistake that people make and I don’t intend to do that.”

As for respecting Holm, Rousey doesn’t see it as an issue. She previously had beef with Miesha Tate, Bethe Correia and other opponents, but doesn’t see the need for anger – which she doesn’t have towards Holm – as a problem.

“I don’t need it. It’s nice not having someone who you have a problem with. It’s tiring not liking the person,” she said. “With Bethe, I dragged out the fight. I wanted to finish her in a particular way. I wanted to knock her out. With Holly, my mind is much more open to take advantage of the first opportunity with what’s there. I feel like I’m going to show much more of what I’m capable of instead of being one thing.”

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