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Morning Report: Georges St-Pierre says Ronda Rousey's loss 'could be the best thing that ever happened to her'

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

If anyone can sympathize with Ronda Rousey, it's Georges St-Pierre.

The former UFC welterweight champion suffered the most shocking upset in UFC history when Matt Serra -- who needed to win a reality show to earn a title shot -- scored a first-round TKO finish at UFC 69 in 2007.

St-Pierre had some close calls, but went on to win 12 straight in the Octagon before stepping away in 2013.

Although not a perfect analogy, Rousey faced a similar upset loss at UFC 193 when she was knocked out by 20-1 underdog Holly Holm in Melbourne, Australia.

"It's unfortunate for Ronda but I'm happy for Holly in the same time," St-Pierre told Neil Davidson of The Canadian Press."In this game, no one's invincible. Sometimes you zig when you should zag."

In Rousey, St-Pierre sees someone who has the potential to make just as strong a comeback as he did.

"I needed to beat a lot of my own demons, a lot of my fear," said St-Pierre. "And I came back stronger. So in a way for Ronda it's sad that she lost, but maybe it could be the best thing that ever happened to her, in that she will come back much stronger.

"It taught me what it takes to become world champion. And when I lost to Matt Serra, it taught me what it takes to stay world champion."

St-Pierre leaned heavily on the help of a sports psychologist to rebuild his own confidence, but also admits he may have bought into his own hype a bit too much.

"You know when you become world champion at 25 years old and everybody around you -- in the gym, everywhere -- tell you how great you are and things like that, it makes you believe that you're in a box that separates you from the other fighters.

"But this box, this line is an illusion. And that's what happened. Even though I'm not a cocky guy, I got caught in those situations, many other things. I made many mistakes."

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MEDIA STEW

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A preview of the behind the scenes footage at UFC 193.

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Holly Holm is already hanging out with celebs.

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Highlights from open workouts in Monterrey.

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Holly Holm hits the cringe circuit but her interviews are great.

(Larry King)

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A huge montage of Fabricio Werdum's workouts.

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Mauricio Rua being fed a ton of Korean food.

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Gina Carano's new movie 'Extraction.' (might be NSFW)

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Long watches.

#WSOF25: Prefight Show (this is pre-reshuffle chaos but still interesting)

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TWEETS

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Here we go.

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Gonna be tough.

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Camping.

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Ready for who?

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He's back.

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Poor Tooth.

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You could take him.

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Of course.

Just hanging out!!

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced yesterday (Nov. 19 2015)

cancelled Brian Cobb vs. Mike Ricci at WSOF 25

cancelled LaRue Burley vs. Joe Condon at WSOF 25

cancelled Benny Madrid vs. Ramil Mustapayev at WSOF 25

Joe Condon vs. Mike Ricci at WSOF 25

LaRue Burley vs. Ramil Mustapayev at WSOF 25

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