“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.”
Simple as that, the ‘Black Mamba’ Kobe Bryant claimed that he was trying to reach out to Ronda Rousey right after she got beaten up by Holly Holm.
Rousey, prior to her fight with Holm, was dubbed as a once-in-a-lifetime fighter who will end her career undefeated.
Unfortunately, that will never happen as Rousey experienced a devastating loss that shook the world and crucified her for not living up to the hype.
Bryant, who had his moments of defeat in his career, reached out on how a loss should be handled.
“Told her, ‘It’s a beautiful thing,’ said Bryant
“That’s what I told her. I said, ‘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.”
Kobe Bryant emphasized that being a true champion is not about going undefeated but how an athlete handles adversity and get up from that.
“I think the true mark of a champion is how you get up from that,” said Bryant.
“If she goes through her entire career undefeated, she becomes this mythical figure that nobody can relate to,” Bryant added.
Furthermore, Bryant wants to see how Rousey will react to her current situation and redeem herself and her career after being torn apart in social media.
“She got beat. We all get beat at some point or another in our lives. Now it’s a matter of how she bounces back from that. I think that’s what makes her a true champion.”
Take the advice, Ronda! The Black Mamba has spoken.