Former women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey didn’t initially take the knockout loss to Holly Holm very well. During a recent appearance on The Ellen Show, Rousey admitted that she briefly had thoughts of suicide following the UFC 193 defeat.
“Once I got in the medical room and I was down in the corner, I was like, ‘What am I anymore if I’m not this?’” a tearful Rousey admitted to host Ellen DeGeneres. “I was literally sitting there and thinking about killing myself, and that exact second I’m like, ‘I’m nothing. What do I do anymore?’ and ‘No one gives a (expletive) about me anymore without this.’”
“I’m a big fan of Ronda’s and have been since the beginning,” Lesnar told ESPN. “I think one thing that I learned, and that she should have learned a long time ago, is that you have to learn how to lose before you can actually win.”
“That was one thing that my coach taught me at a very young age because I was a bad loser whenever I’d get beat; you’ve got to be able to get back on the horse,” Lesnar said. “This life is very precious and very short, and one fight isn’t going to make or break her career. She’s just got to get back on the horse again and figure it out, and she will.”
Rousey is expected to return to the cage later this year. When she does, Lesnar believes she should focus solely on fighting.
“She can do whatever she wants to do,” Lesnar said. “She’s proven that, but I think she’s got a lot on her plate. You can’t be a fighter and be in 10 movies a year. She’s going to have to step back and find out what (she) wants to do moving forward,” said the former UFC heavyweight champion.
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When hearing Rousey’s comments, Holm wasn’t sure how to react.
“When I heard that she said that, for me it’s one of those things it’s like, ‘How do I respond to that?’” the bantamweight champion told Tristen Critchfield of Sherdog.com. “I don’t want to say I’m sorry because I think on a competitive level for me, if somebody was to say they’re sorry after [beating me], it’s like, ‘No, I’m a competitor.’ I’m not a charity case.”
Holm believes that Rousey will eventually emerge stronger from the loss.
“I feel like that’s something the best thing is for me not to say anything at all. I don’t want to say that I’m glad that she felt that way and I don’t want to say, ‘Oh I’m so sorry.’ It’s something I think that you have to dig through on your own,” she said. “In the long run, she’ll be stronger mentally from it.”
Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson, who is a big fan or Rousey’s, thinks that “Rowdy” experienced a dark moment, but it quickly passed.
It was a “moment in time,” Tyson told TMZ.
When asked if he had ever experienced suicidal thoughts following a loss, Tyson said, “I had bad thoughts after a win.”
In the fight business, UFC president Dana White probably has the closest ties to Rousey, and he believes that she has rebounded from the dark thoughts that filled her head in the immediate aftermath of her first MMA loss.
“Trust me, she's good right now and in a great place. Winners don't like to lose,” White told TMZ Sports. “I have never worked an athlete like her! She is (expletive) amazing in every way.”