Holly Holm would love nothing more than another opportunity to knock the living you know what out of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s (UFC) most famous female fighter Ronda Rousey.
On Saturday, Holm pulled off the biggest upset in women’s UFC history when she handed the Undisputed Women’s Bantamweight Champion her first career defeat in the second round after a kick strike that is being called the “Kick That Shocked the World.”
Rousey was knocked out unconscious, the surprising loss stunning the record crowd of 56,214 in Australia.
Those brave enough to put money on Holm were handsomely rewarded, one bettor receiving $240,000 on a $20,000 wager.
UFC President Dana White almost immediately hinted a rematch would be forthcoming, and that’s welcomed by Holm.
“I want to fight when they give me the opportunity,” the new belt holder told the Los Angeles Times. “I’ve never once said I want to fight this date against this person.”
The future for Rousey, now 12-1 in her mixed martial arts career, remains unknown. She was transported to a local Melbourne hospital where she underwent scans for a concussion and received stitches on her cut lip.
Fortunately, the scans were negative and her recovery should be short.
“I appreciate the concerns about my health, but I’m fine,” Rousey wrote on Instagram. “As I had mentioned before, I’m going to take a little bit of time, but I’ll be back.”
Though it could be a lengthy wait until the two ladies return to The Octagon, bookmakers are wasting no time in opening up theoretical lines on the bout. Perhaps surprising to many, Rousey is the favorite in the early going.
That’s not shocking to Holm who says rematches are an unusual beast.
“A rematch is different. I had a brutal knockout and wanted that rematch so bad, I avenged my loss,” Holms said.
Throughout her four-year MMA career and 1,074-day reign as the UFC champ, Rousey has been routinely slandered by some for her quest of celebrity and money.
She’s accepted modeling opportunities and magazine covers, appeared in “The Expendables 3,” “Furious 7,” and “Entourage,” and will star in the upcoming remake of the 1989 Patrick Swayze film “Road House.”
Critics have questioned her devotion to the sport, but boxing great Floyd Mayweather, who Rousey once said she could defeat, has come to her defense.
“People will love you on Friday and then Sunday morning, it’s nothing but negative comments and people making jokes and people making fun about you,” Mayweather told Fight Hype. “I’m pretty sure she’s a very, very strong person, but we still have to take into consideration that she has feelings.”
Who isn’t worried about those feelings? Donald Trump, of course.
“Glad to see that @RondaRousey lost her championship fight last night,” Trump tweeted. “Was soundly beaten-not a nice person!”
In Trump’s defense, Rousey told CNN over the summer that she didn’t want a reality TV star occupying the Oval Office. “I just really wouldn’t trust the guy with running my country.”