Updates from Tuesday, July 8
Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times has the latest update on Ronda Rousey's thumb two days after yet another victory:
Also, @RondaRousey has a broken thumb, out for at least two-plus months...— Lance Pugmire (@latimespugmire) July 9, 2014
Those might have been 16 costly seconds for Ronda Rousey at UFC 175. UFC President Dana White revealed on SportsCenter the women's bantamweight champion may have broken her hand while knocking out Alexis Davis:
"Ronda may have broken her hand in that fight." - #DanaCenter— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 6, 2014
Rousey required stitches to close up a cut on her hand after the fight, per Sportsnet's Mike Johnston (warning: image is graphic):
The injury was likely a result of one of the many blows she unloaded on Davis while the challenger was pinned on the mat. After Rousey landed a flurry of punches, the referee was forced to end the fight.
The only immediate concern for Rousey is that this almost certainly eliminates the champion's hopes of appearing at UFC 176. With less than a month to turn around from Saturday night, the chances were always slim that she'd be able to pull off the feat.
UFC will simply have to delay what will be a potential fight between Rousey and Cat Zingano until UFC 177.