Ronda Rousey and Edith Bosch at the 2008 Olympics.

Video: Ronda Rousey's only other loss in 7 years - Holly Holm has company

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Ronda Rousey is back in the headlines today, and rightfully so, as the UFC star - via an excerpt from an interview with ESPN - opens up for the first time about her shock KO defeat to Holly Holm at UFC 193.

But the loss, her first in 13 professional fights, wasn't the first time Rousey has tasted defeat in the fighting arena.

Not only Holm

Those new to the sport, or to 'Rousey-mania', may be unaware that the California native competed  in Judo for the USA at the 2008 Olympics. And it was there, in the quarter-final stage, where Rousey had last seen a referee lift her opponent's arm in the air at the end of a contest.

(Scroll down this article to see footage of what is a rather rare moment).


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Before there was Holly Holm, there was Edith Bosch of the Netherlands - a six-foot judoka nicknamed 'Mrs. Slam'...

The final stages of the contest begin around the 10:45 mark.

The contest may not have ended with such an iconic moment as Holm's lethal head kick, but it was no less dramatic for all involved.


And, whilst Rousey went on to claim the Bronze medal for the U.S. at the games, her comments at the time of the Bosch match-up show she has always taken losing to heart.

"I kind of want to live up to what she (her mother was 1984 Judo World Champion) has done, and so I was like nervous about disappointing her," Rousey said, via USA Today.

What is also interesting considering her current status in the higher echelons of the UFC, is Rousey's post-Olympics comments on turning to MMA:

"I don't know. I might learn how to throw a punch, but I'm not making any promises."

Finding success

Even after her upset defeat to Holm, there is no doubt Rousey succeeded in learning to throw a punch over the subsequent seven years.

And if she can follow up her most recent loss with the same success that followed her '08 reverse, then big things could still be to come from the 28-year-old.

Olympics Day 5 - Judo

One thing is for sure, with Dana White having already confirmed a rematch down the line between Holm and Rousey, the latter will get a chance for redemption against Holm - something she didn't get against Bosch.

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