It's no secret that Ronda Rousey is a fierce competitor. She'll go to any length to avoid defeat however during an appearance on "Jim Rome on Showtime" she said that she would literally go to any length to avoid defeat.
Rather die than lose
Rousey discussed her Judo loss in the olympics and said that she would rather die than lose again:
"There have been times during a fight when I thought I was going to die. I thought to myself, 'I would rather break my neck than lose a fight,'" Rousey said. "I will never tap out of a fight because I know the feeling of losing. I know that I would rather die than lose a fight."
You may be shocked to hear that Rousey has suffered losses in her career. These losses were in Judo not MMA. She lost at the Olympics but went on to win the Bronze medal and she also lost fights prior to the Olympics but since the switch to MMA, she is unbeaten in 10 fights:
“Have you even lost the Olympics? I would rather die than lose. I know that feeling so well. It’s not that I’ve never lost. I’ve lost at the worst time so I know what a loss is. That’s why I want to win so much more than these other girls."
Rousey looks set to fight Cat Zingano at UFC 182 on January 3rd. The fight is yet to be confirmed but she is hopeful the fight will take place, even after Zingano's recent victory over Amanda Nunes:
“I hope January 3 we’ll be able to fight,” Rousey said. “It’s still up in the air a little bit. We’ll see how she’s feeling after her last fight.
Rousey has had some time out of the octagon after defeating Alexis Davis in July to take her to 10-0. Earlier in the year she defeated Sara McMann before taking some time away to film movies such as Entourage and Fast & Furious 7.
It has been a tough year for Zingano after her husband and trainer took his own life but she bounced back with a dominant win over Nunes in September and Rousey admitted that she has a lot of respect for the fighter:
“I really, really like Cat. I will fight that girl at the total peak of my ability and the best that I can do. That’s how I show her my respect. I give her a little bit of everything I have. I want to show that respect for her.”