When female mixed-martial arts fighter Ronda Rousey appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show last Tuesday, her confession made her just a little bit more relatable than what she had shown us before her loss to Holly Holmes.
Rousey was known for her cockiness and arrogance in the ring. — she was once called Mike Tyson in the ring. Last summer, she also claimed that she “could beat anyone on this planet” in a no-rules fight, claiming in a pound for pound match, she could even beat champion boxer Floyd Mayweather.
The sassy talker put herself in a tough position because she was forced to live up to her words – was anyone physically tough as she claimed to be? So her shocking confession took us by surprise. Some were hard on the female athlete while others showed compassion for her.
The dethroned UFC champ Ronda Rousey’s loss changed her perception of things to the point of depression. Devastation took its toll after losing her title to Holly Holm last November so much that she considered suicide.
“Honestly … I was sitting in the corner [of the post-fight medical room] and was like, ‘What am I anymore if I’m not this?’ ” she told Ellen DeGeneres on Tuesday in an interview. “I was literally sitting there thinking about killing myself.”
“In that exact second, I’m like, ‘I’m nothing. What do I do anymore?” she said tearfully, “No one gives a …… about me anymore without this.”
Her boyfriend’s devotion to her at the time is what kept her going. The UFC fighter Travis Browne was standing at her side. “I looked up at him and I was just like, ‘I need to have his babies. I need to stay alive.’
Rousey’s confession displayed a side of her that even Ellen was surprised to witness. Ellen claimed, at the end of the show, how she has more respect for the fighter for displaying such vulnerability
According to SB Nation, Holm was also a little sympathetic towards Rousey as she also experienced a similar fate back in 2011.
“I hurt for her that she feels that way because that is a very low place, Holm said to 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. It’s something I think that you have to dig through on your own. In the long run, she’ll be stronger mentally from it.”
A few others had opinions about her confession.
UFC president Dana White told TMZ just after Rousey’s comments went public that he’s not concerned about her mental health and ultimately her feelings were stemmed from suffering the first loss of her MMA career.
“Trust me, she’s good right now and in a great place. Winners don’t like to lose,” White said. “I have never worked an athlete like her! She is amazing in every way.”
Friend of Rousey, former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has a few words to add as well. He understands how devastating a defeat can be. He said that her contemplating suicide is really just “being a prisoner of the moment and eventually that moment passes.”
“No, it’s just a moment in time. She doesn’t feel that way now,” Tyson said.
Meanwhile, Rousey has hosted “Saturday Night Live,” co-starred with Amy Schumer and Seth Rogen in a Bud Light ad that aired during the Super Bowl and appeared in body paint on one of three covers for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue 2016. We’re glad she is getting back on track.
Automatically, the lesson that comes to mind is that to be great, losses are inevitable. But most of all, be humble because every success is a blessing. In the future, she plans to get back on track and get the opportunity to redeem herself she told Ellen.