Former olympic medalist/undisputed UFC champion turned WWE superstar Ronda Rousey has finally spoken about the loss the led to her departure from the UFC.
It’s easy to forget that there was a time when Ronda Rousey was seen as the greatest female athlete on the planet.
‘Rowdy’ had gone undefeated in her run as Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion, before taking her superstardom to another level by replicating this in the UFC.
The olympic bronze medalist was the sport’s biggest star at the time and was seemingly invincible.
Rousey broke all sorts of records, including becoming the first ever woman to win the prestigious ‘Fighter of the Year’ award.
Such was her dominant status that some were even considering how a fight between Ronda and Floyd Mayweather would go.
Then without a warning, Holly Holm head-kicked Ronda into oblivion in what many consider the greatest shock in UFC history and Ronda Rousey’s whole world changed.
The former queen of the fight game seemingly disappeared, refusing to speak to media as she attempted to deal with her first loss.
This disappointed many fans of the sport, however Ronda made a return to recapture her title at UFC 207 in one of the sport’s most anticipated comebacks.
However, current champion Amanda Nunes put halt to any fairytales as she embarrassed Ronda stopping the former champion inside the first minute of the first round.
And that was the last we heard about or from Ronda.
However, over a year later, Ronda Rousey has finally decided to open up on how tough the defeat truly was to take for her.
“I remember my last fight, walking away thinking God hates me, I had nothing left in me. My husband’s amazing, and he brought me out of some tough times. He looked at me, and he’d say, ‘You’re not only this and you’re more than just a fighter. And that’s not a bad thing, that’s not I should be ashamed of, that’s something I should embrace and showcase to the world. And that’s why I’m here.”
“I’m not afraid to care anymore. I needed to be miserable then to be truly happy now. It’s all lead to this, and I didn’t even realise that I’ve always been on this path. … I thought that the Olympic gold medal was all I was ever going to care about. But life happens and things change. Then UFC was all I thought I was ever going to care about, and then life happens and things change.”
Whatever your views on Rousey’s opinion to walk away from the sport, it is nice to see that the woman who is still considered a legend of the sport is at peace with herself.