For most of her career, Ronda Rousey was considered the best of the best, untouchable, and unbeatable. That was until UFC 193: Rousey vs. Holm on November 15, 2015, the fateful day Rousey defended her UFC women’s bantamweight championship against Holly Holm. Given that “The Preacher’s Daughter” was ranked No. 7 at the time, the odds were highly in Rousey’s favor.
Seven minutes later after the initial bell, everything changed for Ronda Rousey as she suffered not just any loss in UFC, but her first in her MMA career. Fighting Holly Holm was extremely tough for Rousey, but it was nothing compared to who she would fight next: herself. Now, Rousey is doing all she can living her life after her loss, one most MMA fans are not supporting. Even now, they continue to show their disdain, responding negatively to when Ronda Rousey recently admitted to thoughts of suicide on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
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Ronda Rousey was recently a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. During her part, Rousey detailed her experiences after suffering her first loss to Holly Holm. The detail of her experience that received the most attention among the MMA community is Ronda Rousey’s thoughts of suicide, as shown in the video below.
What was surprising about Ronda Rousey’s admission of suicidal thoughts isn’t the fact she had them. When someone as good as Rousey loses like she did, thoughts of suicide do happen, as detailed by another like Rousey in her time, Mike Tyson, during an interview with TMZ. What is surprising is such thoughts are contrary to her beliefs on suicide, give the fact her father committed such a saddening act.
To be honest, Ronda Rousey did have suicidal thoughts before, but they happened long ago. Her recent thoughts are an honest admission, especially when admitting it on public television, but the MMA community have responded negatively to it. Just in the comments section of the video attached above, the most-popular comments among YouTube viewers, as proven by the number of likes, are the ones claiming Rousey’s ego was out of control, even in her admission. A reply to one of the more popular comments even goes as far to claim Rousey’s ego is still out of control. It cites Rousey’s excuses for losing her fight against Holly Holm despite saying she wouldn’t make excuses.
Those negative comments were nothing compared to Facebook. All one has to do is go to any MMA group that isn’t catered to Ronda Rousey fandom to see how aggressive the MMA community is towards Rousey these days.
One such meme making rounds on prominent MMA groups on Facebook, like UFC/MMA Results and Addicted To MMA, is the one attached above. Summarized, it shows that many MMA fans do not sympathize with Ronda Rousey’s situation because they remember her years of trash talk and insults. Some of Rousey’s loyal fans tried to counter-argue, rationalizing trash talk is usually necessary to hype up any fight. Unfortunately, there was a valid retort made in which not all of Rousey’s trash talk was used to hype fights. Through the years, Rousey has verbally attacked Arianny Celeste, Justin Bieber, Floyd Mayweather, and Cris Cyborg. It is safe to say Ronda Rousey stepping in the cage with any of these people are slim to none.
Right now, Ronda Rousey is promoting the upcoming swimsuit special by Sports Illustrated. After that, it is believed Rousey will work on her upcoming movie, a revival of Road House.
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