Her defeat seemed inexplicable – but now Rousey may have alluded to why she didn't seem herself during the fight
Ronda Rousey left the MMA world stunned when she lost her UFC women's bantamweight title at UFC 193 to rival Holly Holm .
The talented fighter was sent sprawling to the deck after being knocked out by her fellow American in Melbourne last month.
Her defeat seemed inexplicable – but now Rousey may have alluded to why she didn't seem herself during the fight.
In her first interview since the clash, the 28-year-old fuelled speculation she sustained a concussion early in the first round.
Ronda Rousey quashes Holly Holm rematch talk: "It could be six months before I can eat an apple"
She told ESPN Magazine's Ideals of the Year edition: "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.'"
Ronda Rousey pictured in public for first time since UFC knockout by Holly Holm
Rousey also played down talk of an imminent rematch with Holm, 34, after admitting it could be "six months before I can eat an apple."
UFC chief Dana White confirmed last week that a rematch between the two women is the only fight that makes sense.
However, Rousey insists she is still "really f****** sad" about her loss and wont be back in the Octagon any time soon.