Ronda Rousey went down at UFC 193 to Holly Holm, and it hit her hard.
News has recently surfaced that she was suicidal for a little bit there. But she got some help from an unexpected beacon of hope... in the form of who else other than NBA baller, Kobe Bryant.
Kobe apparently was in touch with Rousey immediately after the loss, according to a USA Today interview:
"I sent her several messages, so yes, we have touched base. That's what it's about. It's not about how you win. A true champion is about how you lose and come back from that."
Kobe is clearly not the type of guy that takes losing well, and for him to reach out to Ronda after one of the most historic UFC losses of all time showed tremendous respect for her that I'm sure is reciprocated by Rousey as well.
Kobe said he can relate to Ronda, as he's currently going through an identity crisis himself. Retiring at the end of this year, Kobe Bryant isn't the same athlete he once was. He's older, he's more beaten down, he can't jump as high, and people have all sorts of memes and Tweets ready to express that (see below).
Ronda has seen her fair share of memes too, but I won't take it there...
Kobe helped Ronda find a new perspective and way of looking at things.
"I told her, 'It's a beautiful thing.' That's what I told her. I said, 'To be a true champion, sometimes you have to get knocked down.' It happens to the best of us. It happened with my Achilles [when I tore it]. [Muhammad] Ali got put down several times -- it happens to the best of us.
"I think the true mark of a champion is how you get up from that. If she goes through her entire career undefeated, she becomes this mythical figure that nobody can relate to. She got beat. We all got beat at some point or another in our lives. Now it's a matter of how she bounces back from that. I think that's what makes her a true champion."
I love seeing two legends in different sports share common ground like this and lend each other a helping hand. Especially two people that want, so badly, to win and be the absolute best at their sport.
Are you a fan of a Ronda-Kobe friendship?
(Via: Bloody Elbow)