Ronda Rousey may only have taken 16 seconds to knock out Alexis Davis at UFC 175 last night, but it turns out she picked up an injury along the way.
Backstage after the fight Rousey was sporting a damaged hand which she explained to the assembled media was due to a burst cyst.
“It turns out over the last two camps, I kept ripping my knuckle open, and I just kept covering it up and hitting on it, so, it ended up getting infected, and I had a cyst on one of my knuckles,” Rousey told reporters. “After the McMann fight, I should have taken it more seriously and gone to the doctor and checked it out, but I kind of ended up dismissing it and I kept ripping it open.”
The cyst burst last night after she landed a punch during her swift dismantling of the latest challenger to her bantamweight belt, and led to her receiving eight stitches.
“Hopefully the cyst is actually gone, I’m going to go to the doctor and make sure,” Rousey said.
That’s not the only injury Rousey is nursing however as she also revealed post-fight that she’s going to require knee surgery, though she insists it’s only a minor procedure.
“The knee surgery is something that’s more maintenance that I need to be doing,” Rousey said. “It’s not a major thing at all, it’s just a scope and I want to be 100 percent.”
Rousey’s injuries ensure that there’s no chance of her stepping in to main event the UFC 176 event on short notice, though despite Joe Rogan bringing up the possibility of that happening during his post-fight interview with the champion in the Octagon, UFC president Dana White was adamant in the aftermath of the show that it was never an option anyway.
The 27 year-old had indicated pre-fight that she wanted to take time off after this fight, and certainly no one could argue that she’s earned the right to do so, having successfully defended her title three times in eight months while also somehow managing to cram in acting roles in major Hollywood blockbuster films like The Expandables 3, Fast & Furious 7 and Entourage.