Ronda Rousey is a star. She’s in movies, on TV, on magazine covers and all over websites (this one included) but all of that fame stems from her success in the MMA. She was a 29-year-old, undefeated, and possibly unbeatable star.
And then one night she wasn’t anymore, after getting knocked out in the second round in a fight against Holly Holm. While she probably enjoys the spotlight, and most of the perks that come with celebrity, it’s obvious that what happens in the octagon matters most to Rousey.
Fighting means everything to Rousey, so much so that after the shocking defeat in November, she slipped into a very dark place. In her first interview since the November loss, Rousey admitted how she contemplated taking her own life and what ultimately stopped her from even trying.
Speaking on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, a tearful Rousey said: “I was literally sitting there and thinking about killing myself and that exact second I’m like ‘I’m nothing, what do I do anymore and no one gives a s*** about me anymore without this.’
“To be honest, I looked up and I saw my man Travis was standing up there and I looked up at him and I was like, I need to have his babies. I need to stay alive.”
All admissions of suicidal thoughts must be taken seriously but Rousey words must really be taken to heart since she’s the child of a father who took his own life. Leading up to her fight against Bethe Correa, her opponent joked that she hoped her possibly loss in their fight didn’t prompt Rousey to consider committing suicide. Rousey fired back on Twitter that she lost her father that way and it’s not a joking matter. Correa quickly apologized.
It’s unknown when Rousey will get back into the octagon. A rematch with Holm is big money but Rousey’s head might not be in fighting right at the moment.