Ronda Rousey was once the undefeated and undisputed bantamweight champion of UFC. But not anymore.
Holly Holm made Ronda Rousey taste defeat at UFC 193 in November last year. With a powerful head kick, Holly Holm brought down the once undefeated fighter to her feet.
And now even after five months of defeat, Rousey is still struggling to come to terms with her defeat. She is, in fact, unsure of her career, unsure of her legacy.
Is Ronda Rousey leaving the world of MMA then?
The 29-year-old is not leaving the world of MMA. But she is unsure of her legacy. She is unsure of the fact that people won’t remember her.
Rousey openly said that she wanted to retire undefeated and remembered as one of the greatest fighters. And now she is unsure of her legacy.
“I hope people remember me as one of the greatest fighters that ever lived, but I don’t know if they will,” Rousey said, reports FOX Sports.
“I’m still grieving the person that could have won it all but I have to live up to the fact that I’m not her, that’s just who I’d like to be and instead I’m what I need to be for myself and everyone else.”
“It’s just that you have to go through those stages of acceptance and renewed optimism. You need to find that doe-eyed part of you that walked into an arena the first time and saw all the lights and like ‘one day that’s going to be me, one day my name’s going to be up there’. One day I’m going to slap my stomach and there’s metal under there, you know? That’s what I need to find again.”
In the wake of her loss, Ronda also had suicidal thoughts as she confessed on The Ellen show. But now, she is trying to stay positive and be inspired by the people who love her.
“I have this wall in my house that’s right outside my bathroom, it’s all the good things that I put up there. Like little girl letters, the cutest, sweetest, most adorable things and I tape them all over my wall, that’s my inspiration back to me. Like all the words from all those people that reached out to me that are like I’m somehow helping them and they’re really helping me back,” she said.
Ronda Rousey is likely to return to Octagon later this year. UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta also hinted that Rousey might fight at UFC’s New York debut on Nov 12. She has recently been listed in Time magazine’s list of Most Influential People.
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