Ronda Rousey’s Candid Words On Suicide Just Took Her From Athlete To Hero

Ronda Rousey went on the The Ellen DeGeneres Show to reflect on the infamous match against Holly Holm that put an end to Rousey’s previously undefeated streak. She teared up when Ellen—diplomatic as always—asked her to describe her experience after the knockout.

“To be honest,” she said, “I was in the hospital room, and I was like, what am I anymore, if I’m not this? 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 shit about me anymore without this.'”

But then: “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.”

It’s so rare for professional athletes to so candidly—if ever—share their feelings about the highly traumatic physical experiences they endure for our entertainment. I think we sometimes we forget that athletes are people too.

Ellen, again, diplomatic as always, spoke to that point, saying: “You just did a lot of good for a lot of people…showing vulnerability, and showing that just because you’re strong doesn’t mean you don’t have a vulnerable side. And if you’re just strong, it means you’re not a human being.”

It’s not surprising that it takes a female athlete to admit to feeling down. “Maybe winning isn’t what’s best for everybody,” Ronda said. “Maybe I just had to be that example of picking myself up off the floor, and maybe that’s what I’m meant for…everybody has losses in their life, but I choose to always be undefeated.”

That doesn’t mean Rousey is out of the game; she confirmed that she’s looking for a rematch with Holm as soon as possible. You don’t need to be a sports fan to know who to root for this time around.

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