“These click-bait stories (they) run diminish all the hard work we do and undermine just how important her judo takedowns, transitions and submissions are,” Flores said. “Many of these publications do zero research and are now turning on her, slamming the most popular, talented and hardworking athlete I have ever known after a performance that was not to her normal standard that we all know, expect and are used to seeing.
“I will do everything in my power to make the necessary adjustments to help her.”
“Holly fought a perfect fight,” Flores said. “But there’s so many
different variables with this. Ronda tried to go for takedowns. She
tried to do things. She tried to incorporate her clinch. She tried to do
these things. It just wasn’t working that well. It wasn’t just that her
gameplan was failing. She was forced into trying to force the striking
to get close enough to Holly, and she just kept getting picked off in
“I think the dust has to settle,” Flores admitted. “But after that, I
think she has to find her motivation – and I think she will. There’s no
doubt. I’ve seen her lose before, and her world was over. It didn’t
make sense. Black was white. Day was night, and nothing made sense, but
she was able to step back up. Obviously, that was a different stage, and
she’s under a much bigger microscope now, so everything is amplified.
But a loss is a loss still, if it’s getting knocked out or just having a
referee say you lost in judo.
“I think she’ll be able to pull it all back together. It’s just that
timeline, I think, may not be as quick as in judo past just because of
the toll it’s takes physically. But there’s no doubt in my mind she’ll
“I have seen Ronda lose many times over the years at the highest
level of judo competition first-hand, which is a dangerous thing for her
future opponents,” Flores said. “I promise she will be back and make
all the necessary adjustments after regrouping.
“Look out MMA world. Every great hero has trials and tribulations and
loss – it’s how she recovers and comes back that will mark her legacy
as the greatest of all time. Mark my words.”