Kobe Bryant will be retiring at the end of this NBA season, and throughout his 19-year career, he has won it all. A true champion.
The 37-year-old knows what it takes to be a champion and has sent some words of advice to UFC fighter Ronda Rousey, who recently lost her UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship to Holly Holm at UFC 193.
The LA Lakers star said to Rousey, according to USA Today: "That's what it's about. It's not about how you win. A true champion is about how you lose and come back from that.
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"I told her, 'It's a beautiful thing.' That's what I told her. I said, 'To be a true champion sometimes you have to get knocked down.' It happens to the best of us. It happened with my Achilles (when I tore it), (Muhammad) Ali got put down several times – it happens to the best of us."
Like many other Rousey fans, Bryant is keen to see the 29-year-old get back in the octagon very soon and return back to the top of the sport, and he says the way which she responds to the situation will be key.
"I think the true mark of a champion is how you get up from that," Bryant said. "If she goes through her entire career undefeated, she becomes this mythical figure that nobody can relate to. She got beat. We all get beat at some point or another in our lives. Now it's a matter of how she bounces back from that. I think that's what makes her a true champion."
We all know Bryant is a true champion of the NBA, no matter if the Lakers make the playoffs this season or not. There is no better teacher out there for Rousey to learn from to get back to the top of the mountain, as Kobe has been there five times himself.