Ronda Rousey's aura of invincibility disappeared with one well-placed head kick from Holly Holm at UFC 193 in November.
The superstar's dominance and attitude made her a darling of hyperbole-pushing media and in return Rousey netted herself and the UFC millions. When her image shifted violently in the wake of her loss, Rousey seemed as shocked as any true believer.
In February, Rousey revealed to Ellen Degeneres that she had even had suicidal thoughts following the loss to Holm as she began to question her new identity.
"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 sh*t about me anymore without this.'"
Another month closer to a projected return to fighting in November, Rousey is now using the loss to help others.
"Every single setback, it's not the end of the world, it's just the beginning of that lesson," Rousey said this week at Reebok's Luncheon for Inspirational Women (via Inside Halton). "That had to happen for me to learn these certain things and it's not about being completely infallible, it's about getting better and there's no room for improvement in perfect."
Rousey admits she's had a difficult time finding a silver lining, saying it may takes months or even years.
"A lot of people think they're a good person because they don't do this, and they don't do that," said Rousey. "But for me, it's not about what you abstain from, it's about what you do that makes a difference.
"When it comes to challenges, I honestly believe that things happen for a reason. At the time yes it's hard on a personal, emotional level and it's hard to look past what's happening to the future, but you have to believe in yourself because down the line in two, five, ten years' time you'll look back and think that was actually the best thing that ever happened to me."
Rousey is expected to face current UFC women's bantamweight champion Miesha Tate a third time later this fall.
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They know how to get a hold of me... Until then, I'll be chillin' https://t.co/63VlbzN3ij— Carlos Condit (@CarlosCondit) March 25, 2016
update on when I'm going to fight again: I am ready to fight. Just been waiting for a spot to open up on a card. Hopefully soon .#UFC199??— Carla Esparza (@CarlaEsparza1) March 24, 2016
Hahaha this is amazing !! Poor Colten starts crying at the end looks awesome hahah!... https://t.co/l3SIrnJgbX— Chris Weidman (@ChrisWeidmanUFC) March 24, 2016
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