Former boxing champion Holly Holm gave Rousey a lesson in the standing game last Saturday night, leaving Rousey’s face bloodied and bruised after just the first round. Her left jabs and quick feet were too much for the former judo champion.
A swift head kick to the jaw early in the second saw Rousey collapse to the canvas, knocked out and referee Herb Dean put a stop to the fight, naming Holm the new UFC bantamweight champion of the world.
While Rousey’s ground game has been widely praised, her standing tactics let her down in UFC193. Mayweather, undefeated in over 40 boxing bouts, has offered to help the UFC star, whom he once targeted in a war of words, to develop her boxing.
“I want Ronda Rousey to hold her head up high and don’t let this discourage you. If you need help as far as with boxing, I’m here to help you,’ he told Fighthype.com.
“It’s all about timing and inches. Her ground game is unbelievable. She’ll be OK.”
“Money” and “Rowdy” have been involved in a number of public spats. In July, Rousey won the “Best Fighter” award at the Espy’s. While accepting the award, she alluded to Mayweather’s history of domestic violence, saying “I wonder how Floyd feels to be beat by a women for once.”
Mayweather served two months of a three month sentence in 2012 after he pleaded guilty to domestic violence. “Money,” however, insists he does not hold those comments against the UFC star.
“Even with the things that Ronda Rousey said about me, sometimes we need to be guided in the right way. Do I think that she really meant what she said? Absolutely not.”
He commended UFC head Dana White on his part in creating the Rousey Effect that has further promoted the sport, and acknowledged the work that Rousey has put in to get to the top of one of the most brutal sports in the world.
“You know, it’s crazy, to get to where I got to, I didn’t have no sponsors. I mean, today, people are overnight sensations.
“I commend Dana White and the Fertitta brothers for being able to take a female and make her so huge in a contact sport. I commend them for that, but she had to do her part also, and she did her part.”