Brock Lesnar and Holly Holm React to Suicide Comments From UFC Star Ronda Rousey
When Ronda Rousey appeared on Ellen and revealed she thought about committing suicide after her knockout loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193, it seemed everyone in the MMA world had an opinion on the matter. But some opinions carry more weight than others. Case in point, former UFC champion Brock Lesnar had words of encouragement for Rousey. And he wasn’t alone, as Holm herself weighed in on the shocking comments.
Lesnar appeared on Sportscenter to offer some wisdom to Rousey that he himself had to learn early into his career:
“I’m a big fan of Ronda’s and have been since the beginning,” Lesnar said. “One thing that I learned and she should have learned a long time ago was that you have to learn how to lose before you can actually win.”
According to Lesnar, being a great champion means accepting that you could lose on any given night.
“That was one thing my coach taught me at a very young age because I was a bad loser whenever I’d get beat,” Lesnar stated. “You’ve got to be able to get back on the horse, and this life is very precious and very short. One fight isn’t going to make or break her career. She’s just got to get back on the horse again and figure it out and she will.”
As far as how Rousey can get back into fighting shape, Lesnar feels she should focus on one thing, moving forward.
“I think she’s got a lot on her plate. You can’t be a fighter and be in 10 movies a year. She’s going to have to step back and find out what Ronda wants to do moving forward.”
The comments were on the constructive side with Lesnar, but less so with Holm.
In an interview with Sherdog, UFC Bantamweight champion Holm seemed puzzled on how to even respond to the comments that Rousey was considering suicide following her defeat.
“There’s a lot of things around that. When I heard that she said that, for me it’s one of those things it’s like, ‘How do I respond to that?’ ” Holm said. “I don’t want to say I’m sorry because I think on a competitive level for me, if somebody was to say they’re sorry after [beating me], it’s like, ‘No, I’m a competitor.’ I’m not a charity case.
“I feel like that’s something the best thing is for me not to say anything at all. I don’t want to say that I’m glad that she felt that way and I don’t want to say, ‘Oh I’m so sorry.’ It’s something I think that you have to dig through on your own. In the long run, she’ll be stronger mentally from it.”
If nothing else, it seems Holm is a gracious champion, perhaps because, like Lesnar, she’s someone who accepted a long time ago that she could lose at any time. Hopefully, Ronda Rousey is able to bounce back from this, since I’d love to see a Rousey/Holm II with a more focused Ronda in the octagon.
But what do you think about the comments? Are Lesnar and Holm on the mark? Or are they way off-base with their comments? Sound off below!