Ronda Rousey, the former UFC bantamweight champion, had contemplated killing herself in the aftermath of her knockout loss to Holly Holm last November.
After going into the bout as the undefeated, odds-on favorite, Rousey suffered a humiliating defeat after going down in a highlight-reel knockout after a kick to the head from Holm.
Rousey appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday and opened up about her defeat at UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia. “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,” said the 29-year-old fighter and former Olympic bronze medallist. (Watch Full Interview Above)
Rousey, 29, revealed that her boyfriend, UFC heavyweight Travis Browne, was instrumental in steering her back to reality. “I looked up and saw my man, Travis, was standing there (in the hospital). I’m looking up at him and was just like, ‘I need to have his babies. I need to stay alive,” said Rousey in a touching interview with Ellen DeGeneres.
Still one of the greatest…
Despite her defeat, Rousey’s 12-1 record and Olympic pedigree are enough to validate her as one of the greatest female fighters in recent history. Despite earlier reports that she would get her rematch against Holm in June, Rousey isn’t expected to return to the octagon any time soon.
Rousey said: “It’s always crazy going into every fight. It’s always so much chaos, so much going on. Things weren’t perfect, they never are. One thing that was different was it was my third title fight in nine months. I don’t think anyone has even attempted that before. I don’t make excuses. I’ve fought in worse conditions, but I think one thing that was different was I felt tired — but I’ve been more tired.”
While Rousey continues to rehabilitate and shoot movies, Holm is scheduled to defend her title at UFC 196 on March 5 in Las Vegas. Will Ronda Rousey ever return to the octagon? It’s a million-dollar question.