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Demetrious Johnson to Ronda Rousey: ‘You got your ass beat, grow the f*ck up’

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Ronda Rousey fell to Amanda Nunes by first-round TKO in December.
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Demetrious Johnson lobbed some serious shots at Ronda Rousey in an interview this week with Sports Illustrated.

When reporter L. Jon Wertheim asked the UFC flyweight champion about the gravity of his winning streak and the possibility of losing, Johnson brought up Rousey. The former dominant UFC women’s bantamweight champion lost by stunning knockout to Holly Holm in 2015 and didn’t return again for more than a year, only to lose to Amanda Nunes by knockout.

“You look at Ronda Rousey,” Johnson told SI. “You got your ass beat, grow the f*ck up. It happens. It's mixed martial arts. I don't want to be like that. If I lose, I'll be like, I lost.”

Wertheim said maybe someone should just sit Rousey down and say everyone experiences losing in MMA. “Mighty Mouse” agreed.

“Yeah, everybody has,” Johnson said. “Everybody f*cking loses. It's part of the sport. Grow up. Look, Ronda, you lost two f*cking fights in a row, and you made more f*cking money than the women's roster. You'll be fine, don't worry about it.”

Rousey has not done any media since falling to Nunes at UFC 207 in December. UFC president Dana White has said that she has not brought up to him the possibility of fighting again.

Johnson lost to Brad Pickett at bantamweight and then against to Dominick Cruz before this current streak. “Mighty Mouse” tied Anderson Silva’s record of 10 straight title defenses in a victory over Wilson Reis at UFC on FOX 24 last month.

In the interview, Johnson said he cried a lot when he lost to Pickett in 2010 and then cried even more after falling to Cruz. But he put himself back together.

“I was like, It's part of life, you're going to f---ing lose, I'm over it,” Johnson said. “I came home and nothing changed. Nothing changed. Nobody said, ‘You f---ing suck, blah, blah, blah.’ When I started to win, nothing still changed. The only thing that changed is people started to recognize me more. So now that's my mindset. Somebody came to me and told me: ‘You know what I love about you?’ ‘What?’ ‘The outcome of your fights never dictates the person you are.’”