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The Dark Side of a Champion

By Julie Fink
Posted On Feb 16, 2016
The Dark Side of a Champion

Not everyone is a title fighting, Olympic medal winning, mixed martial artist champion with an undefeated record – before Holly Holm, that is. But we can all relate to Ronda Rousey’s state of mind after taking the headkick knockout of the century and the self-defeating thoughts that followed.

As Rousey opened up about her shocking UFC loss while appearing on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”, she spoke candidly about the self-doubt, fear and even suicidal thoughts that poured into her mind, and then she began to cry.

“I was sitting in the corner and I was like what am I anymore if I’m not this? I was literally sitting there and like thinking about killing myself in that exact second,” Rousey revealed. “I’m like ‘I’m nothing,’ I’m like what do I do anymore? And no one gives a s–t about me anymore without this.”

As you watch this interview, you realize she isn’t talking about the physical pain, the damage done to her brain, her loss of sensory perception after the hit, nor was she wallowing over her slashed open lip and loose bottom teeth. Her emotional response was to the loss of self.

“I’m thinking about what my actual purpose is and maybe winning all the time isn’t what’s best for everybody. Everyone has a moment of picking themselves back up off the floor and maybe that was what I’m meant for … for people to see me pick myself back up off the floor.”

It’s a humbling experience to embrace your fall, especially in public and to share your worst and lowest moments in life.

“I really do believe I’m still undefeated because being defeated is a choice,” Rousey said. “Everybody has losses in their life but I choose to always be undefeated.

We all can learn a thing or two from these words. Well done Ronda.

Cover Photo Credit: Fox Sports