Cape Town - On Saturday evening, Ronda Rousey made a comeback to the
limelight following her sensational loss to Holly Holm back at UFC 191 in
November when she was knocked out cold to the shock of millions of fans
watching around the world.
According to Jim Edwards of MMALatestNews.com, Rousey made her return hosting Saturday Night Live, an American late-night
television sketch comedy and variety show shot in New York. Her appearance had
been in doubt, with the blizzard conditions in New York bringing a standstill
to the rest of the city, however, the show did go ahead and Rousey thanked the
audience in her opening monologue for attending:
"Thank you for coming out even though there is two feet of snow on the
ground," she opened with. "They closed Broadway, they closed movie
theatres, they even closed all the bars, but tonight we are literally the only
show in town."
Following that introduction, Rousey then for the first time ever congratulated
Holly Holm for her win. The fact she has never come out and publicly given
props to Holm was something that had irked many fans, however, Rousey's shout
out to the new champion came across at legitimate, albeit shortlived:
"This is the first time I'm talking to my fans since I lost to Holly Holm
in November, which, by the way, was a fight Holly deserved to win," Rousey
said. "And I just wanted to take a minute to sincerely congratulate
With that fleeting mention to Holm, the show went on and Rousey, decked out in
a stunning black and white dress, then proceeded to rattle through a
four-minute opening monologue, her smiling beaming like we hadn't seen since
before that terrible KO loss back in the Octagon in November.
Throughout the rest of the show, Rousey was joined by the other guest host
Selina Gomez and was then seen in recorded sketches and other set up comedy
pieces live from the New York studio.
Most of the feedback from fans online was positive, however, her longstanding
MMA rival Cris Cyborg couldn't help but tweet her own dig at Rousey, harking
back to Rousey's previous inability to deal with Holly Holm's boxing skills by
questioning her 'standup skills' during this comedic appearance.
Although Rousey has now re-entered the celebrity spotlight following her loss,
fans are going to have to wait a while longer to see her back in the UFC
Octagon due to her filming commitments prohibiting her from fighting until much
later into the year.
When she does return, it's likely that Rousey will walk straight back into a
rematch with Holm, though whether this will be for the UFC bantamweight championship
will be determined by whether Holm can defeat Miesha Tate at UFC 197 on March