Former UFC bantamweight champion of the world, Ronda Rousey, gave her first talk show interview since being knocked out by Holly Holm late in 2015. Appearing on Ellen, Rousey was her usual candid self when referring to the first defeat of her professional career. Things got very real, very fast when Rousey brought up her immediate thoughts after her loss which included suicide.
“I was literally sitting there and thinking about killing myself,” Rousey said. “And that exact second I’m like, “I’m nothing. What do I do anymore? And no one gives a shit about me anymore without this. 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.”
These are particularly startling words, especially given the fact that Rousey’s father committed suicide when Ronda was a child. The grief over her father’s death has always been a source of inspiration during her fighting career, especially when Rousey took on Bethe Correia. Before the fight, Correia warned Rousey not to “kill herself” after she defeated the then-UFC champion.
Rousey went on to knock out Correia in 34 seconds.
Check out Rousey’s appearance on Ellen in the video player below.
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