Mike Tyson said it best, Ronda Rousey needs to step out of the shadows and face the consequences of her UFC 193 loss to Holly Holm. Since Holm dethroned her in November, Rousey hasn’t made many public appearances and released very few statements on her defeat. Now, it looks like the former bantamweight champion is slowly building back her self-esteem.
Rousey appeared this weekend on Saturday Night Live with an opening monologue, which features a shoutout to newly minted champion Holly Holm, MMA jokes and a slap of Justin Bieber.
Thank you, thank you, thank you very much. Thank you for coming out even though there’s two feet of snow on the ground. They’ve closed Broadway, they closed movie theaters, they even closed all bars so tonight we’re literally the only show in town. So excited to be here because this will be the first time I’ll be live on television without getting punched in the face. It’s also the first time I’m talking to the fans since I lost to Holly Holm in November, which by the way, Holly deserved to win and I just wanted to take a minute to sincerely congratulate her. That’s enough. All those who are worried I’m not ready to host the show because I like have brain damage relax. I’m good. Besides everything I need is on cue cards. In all seriousness, I’m fine and I’m ready to crush it.
Rousey is the first female combat sports athlete to host the live show. She is expected to return in the Octagon sometime this year. Holm will face Miesha Tate in the co-main event of UFC 197 on March 5, 2016 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Check out the entire SNL skit in theclip right above.