UFC 193 was an event that shook the MMA world to its core. The main event pitted the seemingly unstoppable Ronda Rousey against the relatively unknown Holly Holm. Although Holm was a former world boxing champion, many wrote off her chances, viewing the fight as another easy win for Rousey.
But Holm had other ideas. The "Preacher's Daughter" put on a masterclass inside the octagon, dominating Rousey from start to finish. The championship fight finished in spectacular style, with Holm knocking out the former bantamweight champion with a swift kick to the head.
The global reaction to the fight was immense, with numerous celebrities taking to Twitter to revel in her defeat. Everyone remembers the first images of Ronda scuttling through the airport, hiding her post-surgery face with a pillow; a broken portrait of a once stoic warrior.
The loss knocked Rousey for six, depleting all her enthusiasm. For months the former champion closed ranks, disappearing into her inner circle and hiding from the harsh media reaction. Now, the most dominant UFC champion in the women's division is ready to open up about that crushing defeat.
Appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Rousey gave a candid account of how she felt after the knockout. The UFC star revealed that at her lowest, she contemplated suicide as she struggled to come to terms with what the defeat meant for her career:
"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 shit about me anymore without this.'"
Rousey revealed that it was ultimately her boyfriend, UFC heavyweight Travis Browne, who helped bring her back to reality.
Thankfully, UFC fans won't have to wait long to see Rousey back in action. Speaking to ESPN, the California native confirmed that she intends to face off with Holm once again in her return to the cage.
These claims were further bolstered by UFC President Dana White. Appearing alongside former welterweight champion Matt Serra on Big Boy’s radio show "The Neighborhood," White confirmed that Rousey will "probably" face the eventual winner of UFC 196 between Holm and Miesha Tate.
The event is one of the most anticipated fight cards in the promotion's history, with Conor "The Notorious" McGregor set to face off against Rafael dos Anjos in his highly publicized move to the lightweight division.
UFC 196 will take place in Las Vegas on March 5. The most talked about fighter in the world, McGregor will battle the Brazilian lightweight champion dos Anjos for the championship. The card will be co-headlined by Holm as she makes her first defense of the women's UFC bantamweight championship belt against Tate.
No matter the winner, one thing's for sure: Someone will be making history.