Until last night, Ronda Rousey had steadfastly refused to talk about her devastating loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 in December 2016.
However, in a WWE feature during RAW last night, the former UFC fighter turned pro-wrestler revealed the anguish she experienced after suffering her second loss in a row due to strikes in the Octagon.
“I remember my last fight, walking away thinking God hates me,” Rousey said. “I had nothing left in me. My husband (Travis Browne) is amazing, and he really brought me out of some tough times. He would just look at me and say, ‘You’re not only this. You’re more than just a fighter.’ And that’s not a bad thing, that’s not something I should be ashamed of. It’s something I should embrace and showcase to the world, and that’s why I’m here.”
“I’m not afraid to care anymore,” she said. “I needed to be miserable then to be truly happy now. It’s all led to this, and I didn’t even realize that I’ve always been on this path.”
Later on RAW, Rousey had a showdown with Dana Brooke in the ring, but unfortunately it only served as another reminder that ‘Rowdy’ is far less natural as an entertainer and scripted performer than she was as an Olympian and MMA fighter.