Ronda Rousey went on The Ellen DeGeneres Show recently and gave a tearful confession that, while in the hospital after her loss to Holly Holm in November, she contemplated suicide. The emotional admission has caused many to come out and comment on the fighter's state of mind, as well as offer their support.
There is obvious concern that the UFC superstar might not mentally be able to get back into the ring right now. But if you listen to UFC President Dana White, his star fighter is perfectly fine. He reassured TMZ Sports:
"Trust me, she's good right now and in a great place. Winners don't like to lose."
White wasn't the only one to come to the defense of Rousey's mental state. Former boxing champion Mike Tyson has also spoken up:
"It's just a moment in time. She doesn't feel that way now."
Iron Mike is no stranger to the ups and downs of winning and losing and had this to offer about Rousey's loss to Holm:
"Everybody has a bad day at the office. She needs to focus on coming back, eventually. She can do what she wants, you need to be happy to do this stuff."
NBA star and LA Laker Kobe Bryant also reached out to the former UFC champ.
After her loss to Holm, Kobe offered this message of support:
"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."
"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."
But it's Holm, the person who put Rousey in the hospital in the first place, that the world really wants to hear from. Holm said:
"There’s a lot of things around that. When I heard that she said that, for me it’s one of those things it’s like, 'How do I respond to that?'"
It puts Holm in an awkward situation, as she's still a fighter first and foremost...
"I feel like that’s something the best thing is for me not to say anything at all. I don’t want to say that I’m glad that she felt that way and I don’t want to say, 'Oh I’m so sorry.' It’s something I think that you have to dig through on your own. In the long run, she’ll be stronger mentally from it."
It's not like Holm doesn't understand how Rousey felt. She's had her share of tough losses. In 2011, during her professional boxing days, Holm was knocked out by Anne Sophie Mathis to end a long winning streak. According to Holm, it was her support system that got her through the tough loss.
"I hurt for [Rousey] that she feels that way because that is a very low place. I did have a lot of help around me to where I did not feel that way. People would say, ‘Oh it’s not the end of the world.’ I was like, ‘Well that’s exactly what it feels like, the end of the world.’"
She also added:
"When you put your heart and soul into something and it gets shut down devastatingly, it’s terrible. It’s a horrible feeling."
Thanks to Holm's close-knit network, she was able to recover from that loss and win the rematch against Mathis six months later. Holm also went on to win her last three boxing matches before she turned to a career in MMA.
While it's legitimate advice, if Rousey takes it, Holm should be worried. In this scenario, SHE'S the Mathis, which means Rousey will be coming after her, mentally and physically stronger than ever before.
You can watch Rousey's tearful confession below.