Ronda Rousey had anything but a triumphant return home after losing her UFC bantamweight championship title to Holly Holm. Showing she’s still hurting from the devastating loss, she hid her face from paparazzi when arriving at L.A.X.
We’re sure this is not the way Ronda Rousey, 28, ever expected to return home prior to her Nov. 14 UFC 193 title fight against Holly Holm, 34. Rather than flying in with her prize-wining belt triumphantly on her and a glowing smile, she hid her face in humiliation when paparazzi caught her arriving at Los Angeles International Airport from Melbourne, Australia. Poor Ronda, she’s obviously still not over her unexpected title loss and epic defeat by Holly.
As Ronda left the International terminal at L.AX. on Nov. 17, she tried her best to hide from the cameras, but the sight of her hulking boyfriend Travis Browne was a dead giveaway that it was her. He had a protective arm around his girlfriend, who wore a black hoodie to cover her head, while shielding her face with a large purple pillow. Her black track suit hid the rest of her body, with only a few strands of her blonde hair poking through her hoodie revealing that it was Ronda.
In her only statement since her devastating loss, she posted to her Instagram on Nov. 15 that “I just wanted to thank everyone for the love and support,” Rowdy Ronda wrote. “I appreciate the concerns about my health, but I’m fine. As I had mentioned before, I’m going to take a little bit of time, but I’ll be back.” The former champ was taken to the hospital to get checked out after Holly delivered a crushing kick to Ronda’s head, knocking her out 59 seconds into their second round. CLICK HERE to read Ronda Rousey’s “My Fight/Your Fight.”
It also hasn’t helped that the former champ has had to face a backlash of haters after her big loss. Even celebrities such as Donald Trump, 69 called her out in a mean tweet reading “Glad to see that @RondaRousey lost her championship fight last night. Was soundly beaten – not a nice person!” Former boxer Laila Ali, 37 also piled on, saying “In order to be the best in the world, you definitely don’t EVER get beat up like that in your prime, period,” the former boxer told TMZ, adding “it’s obvious who the better fighter was.” Ouch! We’re sure Ronda is beating herself up plenty over losing her title, she doesn’t need haters jumping in as well!
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— Beth Shilliday