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Holly Holm would 'welcome' rematch with Ronda Rousey

"She'll be coming back hard," the UFC champion predicted of Rousey.

By Annie Martin
Holly Holm would 'welcome' rematch with Ronda Rousey
Holly Holm at the ESPY Giant Event in 2008. The UFC champion discussed her recent win over Ronda Rousey on Monday. File Photo by Joe Seer/Shutterstock

NEW YORK, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Holly Holm is eager for a rematch with former UFC champion Ronda Rousey.

The 34-year-old MMA fighter discussed her stunning victory over the 28-year-old star in an interview Monday on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Holm gave Rousey her first career loss in UFC 193 on Nov. 15, knocking the younger athlete out in round 2.

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"The reason why is this fight so big, why is this win so big for me, [is] because she was that good, she was that dominant," the new champion explained, telling Meyers she thanked Rousey. "So after the fight, I was just like, 'Hey, a lot of us wouldn't have the opportunities without you, and I appreciate you.'"

"I welcome it," she said of a potential rematch. "I've been on the other end of losing a belt before ... I know that she'll [be wanting to avenge her loss]. I'll have to train twice as hard. She's a competitive person and we all know that. She'll be coming back hard."

Rousey promised she'll "be back" on the night of her loss, but some, including UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, predict she won't fight again. The former undefeated women's bantamweight champion was placed on a six-month medical suspension from the sport last week.

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Holm, who was the decisive underdog in the fight, has been swept up in a media frenzy since her win. The champion appeared on Live! with Kelly and Michael prior to Late Night, recreating the fight with co-host and retired NFL star Michael Strahan.

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