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Ronda Rousey: I'm fine, don't worry

Ronda Rousey has promised fans she will be back in the ring after her upsetting knockout defeat via opponent Holly Holm.

Ronda Rousey is "fine" after suffering a knockout defeat in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) ring over the weekend.

The 28-year-old professional mixed martial artist lost her match to Holly Holm in Melbourne, Australia on Sunday 15 November (15), Ronda's first UFC loss ever after competing in 12 fights for the organisation.

Ronda was knocked out in the second round and she started bleeding, which led many people to be concerned about her welfare, but the decorated athlete insists she is OK.

"I just wanted to thank everyone for the love and support," she shared on her Instagram account. "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."

Ronda's reference to returning seems to indicate she has agreed to a rematch with Holly.

UFC President Dana White guarantees these two ladies will be competing with each other in the ring again in the future, but he also told news website TMZ Ronda is incredibly "bummed" and "depressed" over losing to Holly.

In addition to confirming talks of a rematch, Dana called attention to Ronda's physical condition, claiming she suffered a "very big gash" in her lip which requires the help of Australia’s best plastic surgeon.

Overall Dana is proud of Ronda, even though she did not come out the winner this time around.

"What this woman has done has never been done before," Dana gushed. "We've been doing this for 15 years with huge stars, and Ronda has broken every record."

Ronda has landed a number of gigs outside of professional fighting, including roles in movies like Furious 7 and forthcoming remake Road House.

Although Holly was relatively unknown outside the MMA world before her UFC 193 fight with Ronda, Dana knew from the outset she would be a tough contender.

"Holly had 45 fights before and multiple world titles," Dana noted. "She was totally calm and cool."

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