We knew that Ronda Rousey‘s defeat to Holly Holm was devastating to the formerly undefeated star, but when Ronda went on Ellen DeGeneres’ show to discuss it, she let us into just how low she got in the aftermath, admitting that she had suicidal thoughts. It was as vulnerable a moment as we’d ever seen from the fighter, so of course she received significant backlash from those who either delight in her misery or believe that fighters’ guards should always be up, even in interviews.
One in the latter camp is former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. Asked about Rousey’s comments on SportsCenter on Tuesday night, Lesnar was gently critical:
“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.
“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. She’s just got to get back on the horse again and figure it out and she will.”