Holly Holm is finally speaking out about Ronda Rousey’s claims that she contemplated suicide immediately after her loss to Holm last year at UFC 193.
“There’s a lot of things around that,” Holly Holm told Tristen Critchfield of Sherdog. “When I heard that she said that, for me it’s one of those things it’s like, ‘How do I respond to that?’ I don’t want to say, ‘I’m sorry,’ because I think on a competitive level for me, if somebody was to say they’re sorry after (beating me), it’s like, ‘No, I’m a competitor.’ I’m not a charity case.”
“I feel like that’s something the best thing is for me not to say anything at all,” Holm continued. “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.”
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) February 16, 2016
Earlier this week, during an interview with Ellen DeGeneres on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Ronda admitted that she thought about killing herself after her shocking loss to Holly and explained why she chose not to.
“It’s always crazy going into every fight. Always so much chaos, and so many things going on. Things weren’t perfect. They never are,” Rousey told DeGeneres. “It was my third title fight in nine months, and I don’t think anyone has even attempted that before.”
Rousey then got emotional as she recalled the series of events that took place directly after the fight.
“Honestly… I was, like, in the medical room, and I was down in the corner. I was sitting in the corner like, ‘What am I anymore if I’m not this?'” she said through tears. “And I was literally sitting there and thinking about killing myself. In that exact second I’m like, ‘I’m nothing, what do I do anymore? And no one gives a s–t about me anymore without this.'”
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) February 16, 2016
Rousey credited her boyfriend, Travis Browne, for helping her through her hopelessness and reminding her that she has more to live for than just being a fighter.
“To be honest, I looked up and I saw my man — Travis was standing up there — and I looked up at him and I was like, ‘I need to have his babies. I need to stay alive.’ Really that was it,” she revealed. “I haven’t told anybody that. I think I only told him that. But that was like what I was thinking. I was meant to have him when I was at my lowest. I don’t know if I would have made it without him.”
Brock Lesnar, the former UFC heavyweight champion, also reacted to Rousey’s suicide comment while speaking to Damon Martin of Fox Sports.
Brock Lesnar on Ronda Rousey's suicidal thoughts: "You have to learn how to lose before you can actually win" https://t.co/0KXxA9viyX
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 17, 2016
“One thing that I learned and she should have learned a long time ago was that you have to learn how to lose before you can actually win,” Lesnar explained. “You’ve got to be able to get back on the horse and this life is very precious and very short. One fight isn’t going to make or break her career.”
Prior to her loss against Holly Holm, Ronda Rousey was undefeated in her 12 MMA bouts, with only one opponent, Miesha Tate, making it past the first round with her. Since the loss, Rousey has been keeping herself out of the spotlight as much as possible and hasn’t yet scheduled a return to the octagon. Her interview with DeGeneres was actually first sit-down interview since the defeat.
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