Rousey wanted to make clear in her monologue that the November bout "was a fight that Holly deserved to win, and I just wanted to take a minute to sincerely congratulate her"

By Adam Carlson
January 24, 2016 10:05 AM
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UFC star Ronda Rousey‘s first time hostingSaturday Night Live this weekend was special for multiple reasons.

First, as she told the audience in her opening monologue, “It’s the first time i’m going to be live on television without getting punched in the face!”

But: “It’s also the first time I’m talking to my fans since my loss to Holly Holm in November,” Rousey said, referencing her brutal knockout and subsequent swirl of speculation over how she might recover from that fight.

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Rousey wanted to make clear in her monologue that the November bout “was a fight that Holly deserved to win, and I just wanted to take a minute to sincerely congratulate her.”

But after a millisecond of applause, Rousey sliced her hand through the air with a smirk – “that’s enough!”

She had a new fight to win anyway, in the form of the SNL “monologue,” styled as four rounds with advice from coach Kenan Thompson.

Rousey nailed it in the end, of course, with a little help from Kate McKinnon, Selena Gomez … and cake.

The monologue’s faux-commentators gasped, “What a move, going with cake!”