Now this is good sportsmanship!
Holm talked to TMZ Sports about wanting haters to back away from the fallen legend, saying:
“I think people can be pretty brutal, and when you’re in the spot she’s in, there are people that are just going to jump ship and I don’t ever wish for that. I have a lot of respect for her.”
The new champ also had very high praise for her opponent:
“Ronda’s been a very dominant champ, and she’s taken the sport to new levels, and this fight wouldn’t have happened if she hadn’t accomplished what she’s accomplished.”
Very respectful — and true!
Holm is reacting to the big backlash that celebrities and others showed on social media and elsewhere when Rousey was knocked out, including Lady GaGa posting a very pointed pic (below):
THATS WHAT YOU GET FOR NOT TOUCHING GLOVES!A photo posted by The Countess (@ladygaga) on Nov 14, 2015 at 9:50pm PST
Or this tweet from Donald Trump (below):
Or these comments from former boxing champion Laila Ali:
“I don’t even want to talk about [Ronda] because there’s so many things I could say, but at this point in order to be the best in the world you definitely don’t ever get beat up like that in your prime, period. I don’t think she should have a rematch with Holly Holm, because I think it would go the same way a second time ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ probably worse.”
We like that Holly is out there protecting Ronda’s good name in the aftermath of the fight! It shows fantastic grace to go along with her vicious skills.
Were YOU happy to see the champ taken down??