After her loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193, former UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey was in a dark place. So dark that she even admitted to having suicidal thoughts.
It took awhile for Rousey to put things into perspective and realize this could potentially be a good thing... If not several good things. Whether to reach a more serious level with her boyfriend, be a better person in life or come back and snatch the title back from her ultimate rival, Miesha Tate, who she's already beaten two times before.
During her Reebok luncheon, Rousey spoke to Inside Halton about the positive aspects of her first loss in the UFC.
"When it comes to challenges, I honestly believe that things happen for a reason. At the time yes it's hard on a personal, emotional level and it's hard to look past what's happening to the future, but you have to believe in yourself because down the line in two, five, ten years' time you'll look back and think that was actually the best thing that ever happened to me."
Rousey knows this is just the start of good things to come her way.
"Every single setback it's not the end of the world, it's just the beginning of that lesson. That had to happen for me to learn these certain things and it's not about being completely infallible, it's about getting better and there's no room for improvement in perfect."
Rousey has slowly been working her way back into the eyes of the media as well as back into her training. She's currently filming the Roadhouse reboot and has another movie slated after that. Once those are done, we can expect a Rousey-Tate three-peat by the end of 2016.
Only then will we get to see just how much Rousey learned.