After ring announcer Bruce Buffer announced Holm as the new champion, Holm walked over to Rousey, embraced her and whispered in her ear: “I went over to Ronda and said ‘Thank you so much. I don’t have this opportunity without you. You’re a great champion and I appreciate you.'”
Rousey spent the night in a Melbourne hospital. There are conflicting reports about the extent of Rousey’s injuries.
“At the end of the the day, I still want my opponents to be healthy and good,” Holm said. “It’s a sport. This is not something I do with any bit of an evil heart. I just wanted to show my respect for her.”