After being knocked out in humiliating fashion by Holly Holm in the second round at UFC 193, Ronda Rousey disappeared from the world. Unwilling to speak to the media for months, the former Bantamweight title-holder opened up about the loss on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Devastated after suffering her first defeat in the Octagon, Rousey said, “Honestly, my thought in the medical room, I was sitting in the corner and was like, ‘What am I anymore if I’m not this? Literally sitting there thinking about killing myself. In that exact second, I’m like, ‘I’m nothing. What do I do anymore? No one gives a s— about me anymore without this.’”
Now 12-1, Rousey credits her boyfriend, UFC Heavyweight Travis Browne, as the reason she has been able to move. “I looked up and saw my man, Travis, was standing there. I’m looking up at him and was just like, ‘I need to have his babies. I need to stay alive.'”
Despite the initial disappointment, Rousey has made it clear she plans to return and take on Holm in a rematch. While the former judo Olympian continues to heal from injuries suffered in the November bout, Holm has her first title defense against Miesha Tate on March 5.
Rousey is no longer the most indestructible athlete in the world of sports, but she hopes her story can be used as motivation for others:
“I felt like maybe my role is, everyone has their moment of picking themselves off the floor. I’ve gone through several of mine, but no one had ever seen me go through it. Maybe I just needed to be that example of picking myself off the floor for everyone. Maybe that’s what I’m meant for. I really do believe I’m still undefeated because being undefeated is a choice. Everybody has losses in their life, but I choose to always be undefeated.”
Rousey has chosen to be undefeated, but she has made one thing clear – the next time she steps in the Octagon, she doesn’t want to leave with a career record of 0-2 against Holly Holm.