Ronda Rousey suffered her first loss in the UFC when she was defeated by Holly Holm at UFC 193 last year on the 15 November at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. She also lost the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship.
She was heavily favoured entering this match-up, so when she lost, a lot of people were on her back. There were people there to support her through this difficult time as well, but overall it was a tough time for Rousey.
Speaking on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the former UFC Champion opened up about the defeat to Holm for the first time, and said that it was getting so tough, she even had suicidal thoughts.
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She 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.'”
Sometimes it is difficult to understand the psychological effects a loss like this can have on a sports star. It's good to hear Rousey had the support during what must have been a terrible time for her. After all, it was the first loss of her career.
The 29-year-old is expected to have her rematch with the 34-year-old for the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship later this year, but it is important that fans are patient for her return to the octagon so that she can recuperate properly and be in the best shape possible for the fight.
In the meantime, Holm will be defending her championship for the first time since UFC 193 at UFC 196 against Miesha Tate, the number two UFC Women’s Bantamweight Contender