MMA: Ronda Rousey faces up to six months out after KO defeat by Holly Holm

Ronda Rousey (left) and Holly Holm fighting during their UFC 193 bout at the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia, on Nov 15, 2015.
Ronda Rousey (left) and Holly Holm fighting during their UFC 193 bout at the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia, on Nov 15, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS/MATT ROBERTS - USA TODAY SPORTS

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Fallen UFC world champion Ronda Rousey has revealed it could take her up to six months to recover fully from injuries suffered in her brutal knockout defeat by Holly Holm last month.

Rousey told the upcoming edition of ESPN Magazine she had suffered damage to her teeth in the stunning loss to Holm, which would prevent her getting back in the octagon for several months.

"It might be three to six months before I can eat an apple, let alone take an impact," Rousey said in brief excerpts of the interview released on Monday.

Rousey's defeat by Holm in Melbourne was one of the biggest shocks in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Both fighters have expressed optimism for a rematch once Rousey has recovered and fulfilled several longstanding commitments including filming a Hollywood remake of the 1980s movie Road House.

Rousey, 28, meanwhile insisted that despite the disappointment of the defeat, she planned on returning to reclaim her crown while she remained in peak physical condition.

"Maybe I can't do it all before my prime, before my body is done," she said. "But... maybe I can."