Below are excerpts from an exclusive interview with Ronda Rousey for ESPN Magazine.
Story by Ramona Shelburne
“I always think I can lose all of them,” she says. “I’m the only one that’s scared when I walk in there. I’m always fucking scared.”
So will she fight again?
“Of course. What else am I going to fucking do?”
“I’ve turned off my phone,” she says. “I haven’t looked at it. I’ve just been having long conversations with Mochi [her 7-year-old Argentinian Mastiff].”
“I got hit in that first round. … I cut my lip open and knocked a couple of my teeth loose. I was out on my feet from the very beginning.”
“I wasn’t thinking clearly. I had that huge cut in my mouth and I just spit [the blood] out at my feet. Then they brought the bucket over and I’m like, ‘Why didn’t I spit it in the bucket?’ I never spit on the ground.”
“It was like a dumbed-down dreamy version of yourself making decisions. … I was just trying to shake myself out of it. I kept saying to myself, ‘You’re OK, keep fighting. You’re OK, keep fighting.'”
“I just feel so embarrassed. How I fought after that is such an embarrassing representation of myself. I wasn’t even fucking there.”