Despite a major blizzard practically shutting down New York City last night, UFC superstar Ronda Rousey was still able to host Saturday Night Live on NBC.
During her opening monologue on the long-running comedy show Rousey broke the ice by joking, “So excited to be here because this will be the first time I’ll be live on television without getting punched in the face.”
Rousey then went on to finally congratulate Holly Holm for defeating her – though it wasn’t a moment she was looking to dwell on.
“I’m talking to the fans since I lost to Holly Holm in November, which by the way, Holly deserved to win and I just wanted to take a minute to sincerely congratulate her…
“That’s enough!” she quickly shouted as the audience began to applaud.
In one of the funnier moments of her routine Rousey then stated she wasn’t worried about forgetting her lines due to brain damage as her lines were all on cue cards, before the camera switched to a man holding up a card that simply read, “Your name is Ronda Rousey.”
Rousey would go on to feature in several skits on the show, though was rarely put front-and-center in them.
Performing comedy live on TV is a daunting challenge for anyone, particularly an athlete who’s never claimed to be a comedian and is still an acting rookie, but Rousey gave it her best shot and didn’t crumble under the pressure.
Not everyone was impressed by her performance though.
“Watching #SNL and it looks like @rondarousey still needs help on her standup,” Rousey’s rival Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino zinged on Twitter.
Check out Rousey’s four-minute monologue in full below.