Ronda Rousey Discusses Her UFC Upset and Feeling Suicidal
Ronda Rousey admitted to feeling devastated after her UFC title loss to Holly Holm in November. The dethroned champ says she considered suicide.
“Honestly … I was sitting in the corner [of the post-fight medical room] and was like, ‘What am I anymore if I’m not this?’ ” the mixed-martial arts fighter told Ellen DeGeneres on Tuesday during an emotional interview. “I was literally sitting there thinking about killing myself.”
For the previously undefeated and seemingly invincible Rousey — whose own father committed suicide when she was 8 — it was an existential crisis.
“In that exact second, I’m like, ‘I’m nothing. What do I do anymore?” she said, wiping away tears. “No one gives a s–t about me anymore without this.'”
While some people might feel that Rousey thinking about suicide after one loss is a bit much, it’s impossible to watch Wednesday’s clip and not sympathize with the longtime women’s bantamweight champion.
In the moments after Holm kicked her in the head and Rousey collapsed in the cage, everyone from Donald Trump to Lady Gaga rejoiced in seeing the end of her reign. The beating she took on social media was far worse than what Holm did to her.
It was the first time since Brock Lesnar lost his heavyweight title to Cain Velasquez that the most toxic parts of our wider celebrity culture made their way to MMA. Throughout 2015, Rousey had embraced her newfound stardom. She appeared in Hollywood blockbusters, graced the cover of magazines and was front and centre in national advertising campaigns.
As her profile grew, so did the critics. On Nov. 15, the knives came out.
Ronda Rousey Discusses Her UFC Upset
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