We might not see Ronda Rousey fight again until July, but UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier could stand to see her take off even longer.
Rousey was dethroned by new women's bantamweight champion Holly Holm Saturday night at UFC 193, seemingly outclassed by the multi-time world boxing champion.
Speaking with Colin Cowherd Tuesday, Cormier says Rousey could need over a year of work before she'd be ready to face Holm in a rematch.
"Holly Holm looked like a world-beater on Saturday," said Cormier. "Going forward, they're talking about an immediate rematch for Ronda Rousey? The improvements Ronda needs to make will take much longer than the six-month break she's anticipating. She needs a year or so. I would actually not fight her back again, if I was Team Rousey."
Facing a southpaw in Holm, Rousey appeared to have no answer for the striker's straight left hand.
"There was never a second in that fight were you thought Holly Holm was in trouble," said Cormier. "She took one big left hook in the first round, but from the start of the fight, from that first straight left hand that just tagged Ronda and her chin touched her shoulder, I was like, 'Oh boy.' Your chin is not supposed to touch the back of your shoulder and Ronda's did four times on Saturday night."
Asked if he blamed the international setting on Rousey's upset loss, Cormier admitted it likely didn't help.
"We could not have sent anyone else to Australia to a 70,000 seat arena and sell 55,000 seats," Cormier said of Rousey. "You're the biggest star so a lot of that responsibility falls on your back of taking the organization and the sport into these new markets. With all the success comes responsibility."
Cormier also remarked on the response made by Floyd Mayweather, saying he never doubted the boxer would show support despite his standing beef with Rousey.
"Floyd made a statement today in response to Ronda and I'll be honest with you, I didn't expect anything different. The day after, everyone was saying, 'Oh, Floyd's going to have a good time with this.' For all that Floyd Mayweather is, at his core, he's still the guy that went to the Olympic Games and represented this country. He's going to take the highroad and that's exactly what he did."
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