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Rousey opens up on UFC losses: I was never taught how to lose

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Ronda Rousey never entertained losing as a possibility in her UFC career.

Ronda Rousey’s MMA career took a serious nosedive after her shocking loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193.

Rousey, who was often hyped as the Mike Tyson of women’s MMA, had looked unstoppable in the Octagon and finished all but one of her opponents (Miesha Tate) in the first round.

But then ‘The Preacher’s Daughter’ came along, and Rousey’s aura of invincibility was ruined for good.

Holm entered UFC 193 as a heavy underdog but left the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia as the new women’s bantamweight champion, having done the impossible and knocked Rousey off the top spot with a vicious head kick in the second round.

Rousey, who is now signed to WWE as a professional wrestler, took the loss hard and shunned the media for an entire year.

She returned to the Octagon in 2016 against Amanda Nunes, hoping to reclaim her 135-pound title and re-establish herself as the UFC bantamweight queen. But things went from bad to worse, as ‘Rowdy’ was overwhelmed and knocked out with a flurry of punches in the very first round and fans started to question whether Rousey’s time had passed.

Again Rousey, who was was once the center of attention in the media, shunned the spotlight and refused to conduct any interviews on her loss.

On Wednesday, however, the former bantamweight champ and WMMA pioneer opened up during a Q&A session at the Wild Card West boxing gym and told the public that she cried for two straight years.

“I did a whole lot of crying, isolating myself, (husband Travis Browne) held me and let me cry and it lasted two years,” Rousey said, per MMA Junkie’s Martin Rogers. “I couldn’t have done it alone. There’s a lot of things you have to remember. Every missed opportunity is a blessing in disguise.

“I had to learn from experience. From the worst things, the best things have come as a result. Time is a great teacher. It’s that belief that time passes, even bad times.”

Rousey said her mother never taught her how to lose and admitted that the thought of losing in the Octagon never crossed her own mind.

“My parents expected me to be special, so I expected to be special,” she said. “I was just trying to create the job I wanted, and I wouldn’t have the audacity to do that if my mom didn’t tell me I could.

“But one thing my mother never taught me was how to lose. She never wanted me to entertain it as a possibility. She’d say: ‘Let it suck. It deserves to suck.’”

Rousey was heavily criticized for refusing to talk about her losses, but the way she sees it, not everyone deserves the privilege of hearing her speak in public.

“We live in an age of trial by Twitter,” Rousey continued. “What is really gained by stating opinion on anything? It whittles people down. It gets cut and pasted 10 times and it’s in (a) headline.

“(Famous people) keep more and more of it to themselves. Why should I talk? I believe hearing me speak is a privilege, and it’s a privilege that’s been abused, so why not revoke it from everyone? I don’t believe public criticism beating you down is the right thing to do.”

Rousey’s back-to-back losses to Holm and Nunes left her MMA career in tatters, but in that misfortune came an exciting new career opportunity and the 31-year-old is now the new face of WWE.

When asked if she would ever return to the UFC, Rousey told Ellen DeGeneres last month in an exclusive interview that it’s about as likely her competing in the Olympics again, so don’t expect to see 31-year-old back in the Octagon anytime soon.


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