I've told myself not to buy into the exaggerated hype of a fallen champion, yet here I am writing about her again.
There is little that need be said about Ronda Rousey and her previously undefeated record in mixed martial arts. Until UFC 193 in Melbourne, there was no one who could stand in her way or nothing that could be said to bring her down.
That was mistake number one. When you build your life around being the only champion, being undefeated, being the best in the world. They say if you talk enough crap you start to believe your own lies. Which is exactly what happened to Ronda.
I'm not saying she was lying at any stage, but her ego easily became over inflated and didn't help her heading into the fight with Holly Holm. Failure was not an option, and Ronda still couldn't accept defeat for quite a while. Hell, I don't think she'll get over it anytime soon.
She didn't respect her opponent, she assumed she would win and subsequently didn't prepare enough. Not necessarily physically, but her mindset hadn't changed. They say if you let someone get inside your head before a fight, you've already lost.
The best advice that's been given lately came from former UFC heavyweight champion, Brock Lesnar, who suggested she needs to learn how to lose. Brock is the first one to admit he was never a good loser during his collegiate wrestling days, a habit that was quickly stamped out at a young age.
"This life is very precious and 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."-Lesnar on Rousey
Couldn't have said it better myself, Brock. The fact that she, even for a second, contemplated suicide after that loss just tells me she was never in a mindset to take on a fight where she might lose.
If anyone should feel this bad, it should be Jose Aldo. Aldo was undefeated for 10 years, and champion for 6. Sure, he took his loss hard that night, but he started training again as soon as he could, without a fight or rematch in sight, and got on with himself. THAT is the spirit of a champion.
Ronda, I love what you've done for the sport, and all the joys you've given us MMA fans. But you've got some decisions to make, and some growing to do.
Don't make it more than what it is. A loss is a loss, no matter how big or small we all suffer them in life. It's how we get back up that defines who we are.