Ronda Rousey dominated the UFC women’s bantamweight division. For two years the buffed and powerful American was the undefeated queen of the brutal MMA (cage-fighting) sport, with eight of her 12 wins finishing in the first round and a handful ending in decisive knockouts. Magazines named her the most “dominant active” athlete. Rolling Stone profiled her. The Most Dangerous Woman they called it. Her powerhouse athletic fame and incongruous sweet face led her to bit parts in movies. She penned an autobiography. She appeared in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.
At 28 she was on top of the world.
Then she had a fight in Melbourne late last year and was knocked out by former boxing champ and underdog, Holly Holm. Rousey was taken straight away to hospital bloodied and bruised and withdrew from the public eye.
But now, Rousey, 29, has told Ellen DeGeneres that the loss not only left her battered physically, but emotionally, and it made her contemplate suicide.
“Honestly my thought in the medical room, I was like down in the corner and I was sitting in the corner and I was like, “What am I anymore if I’m not this?”‘ Rousey said.
“I was literally sitting there thinking about killing myself and in 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’.”
Rousey tells Ellen how she contemplated suicide below. Post continues after video.