Ronda Rousey revealed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this week that she had suicidal thoughts following her first loss of her career at UFC 193 to Holly Holm.
The former UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion said: "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 sh*t about me anymore without this.’
“To be honest, I looked up and I saw my man Travis was standing up there and I looked up at him and I was like, ‘I need to have his babies. I need to stay alive.'”
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Many sports stars have reacted to Rousey's comments to try and help her because, at some point in their careers, they have lost as well.
Former UFC Champion and current WWE Superstar Brock Lesnar said on SportsCenter on Ronda's comments, according to Fox Sports: "I'm a big fan of Ronda's and have been since the beginning. One thing that I learned and she should have learned a long time ago was that you have to learn how to lose before you can actually win."
"That was one thing 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 and this life is very precious and very short. 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."
Holm has also talked about Rousey's suicidal comments as well, saying she didn't know how to react.
She said according to Tristen Critchfield of Sherdog, via Bleacher Report: "When I heard that she said that, for me it’s one of those things it’s like, ‘How do I respond to that? 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.”
However, she did also say that Rousey could use this in a positive way in the long run because she could become stronger mentally from it.
Holm will defend the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship she won from Rousey at UFC 196 when she takes on Miesha Tate, the number two UFC Women’s Bantamweight Contender.
In the meantime, it is still unclear when Rousey will be making her return to the octagon, but many UFC fans will be hoping it is later this year.
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