The former UFC Bantamweight Champion is set to appear on the cover of ESPN The Magazine‘s “Ideas of the Year” issue this Friday, where she recounts being hospitalized after having been knocked unconscious by Holm.
The former UFC women’s champion said, as recounted from the article by anchor Scott Van Pelt, that she was hit with a Holm punch 30 seconds into the fight and she never felt the same after that.
She said she wasn’t thinking clearly and didn’t have her legs, but told herself it would all be OK if she just kept fighting. Rousey even said that she spit blood onto the floor, not into the bucket in her corner, for the first time ever.
“I just feel so embarrassed,” Rousey said. “How I fought after that is such an embarrassing representation of myself. I wasn’t even f*cking there.”
Rousey, who suffered a badly split lip in the knockout loss and has cosmetic surgery to repair it, said she might not even be able to bite into an apple for another three to six months.
Speaking on her current condition — some of her teeth are still unstable from Holm’s kick to the face — Rousey said, “It might be three to six months before I can eat an apple, let alone take an impact.”
However, Rousey remains hopeful, adding that “maybe I can’t do it all before my prime, before my body is done, but fuck it, maybe I can.”
The article, written by Ramona Shelburne, will be published Tuesday when the magazine hits newsstands, but ESPN’s SportsCenter released quotes Monday night.
Coming in, Rousey had demolished her last three opponents in a combined 64 seconds and had become by far the biggest name in mixed martial arts with a burgeoning Hollywood movie career to boot.