Ronda Rousey’s troubling admission that she considered suicide after her loss to Holly Holm is drawing reactions from her competition.
Holm, who put Rousey in that dark place with a stunning upset win last November, said she understands how Rousey felt, but could not relate to the feelings that she described. Before Holm moved over to UFC, she suffered a difficult boxing loss that she dealt with starting immediately with the post-match press conference.
“For me, I would never get that low after a loss,” Holm said Monday at a press conference promoting her UFC 196 co-main-event fight against Miesha Tate, according to MMA Junkie.
“Maybe I’m a selfish person, but I just think I want to get back and win for me. It’s frustrating. You deal with a lot of doubt in your mind and maybe I’m not as good as I thought I was. Obviously those are the questions that go through your mind, but you have to be honest with yourself and think, ‘Maybe not. Obviously you need to get better because this fighter was better than you tonight.’ I went out to the press conference that night.”
Rousey was too hurt to talk to the press after getting pummeled by Holm at UFC 193, and it was in those moments right after the match that she felt her lowest.
“I was down in the corner [of the medical room], and I was like, ‘What am I anymore if I’m not this?’ I was literally sitting there and thinking about killing myself,” said Rousey, who credited boyfriend Travis Browne with helping in her mental recovery.
“In that exact second I’m like, ‘I’m nothing.’”
The winner of the Holm-Tate match on March 5 is expected to face Rousey in November. Holm said for Rousey’s sake, she did not want to feel any pity for the former bantamweight champ.
“I’m probably the worst person to ask for advice on that,” Holm said. “I definitively don’t want to sit here and feel sorry, because I know for me, I have a competitive mind, and I’m confident Ronda is the same, that you don’t really want sympathy from the one that like created this. That almost makes it even more frustrating.
“I do hope that obviously she never really entertains that. I think the best thing really, like I said, my advice is probably [not that good], I’ve never been there before mentally, but I think it’s always a good thing to surround yourself with people you trust and people that can support you and care about you.”
Tate expressed concern for Rousey, but wondered if everyone took the suicide claim too literally.
“When [Rousey] says like, ‘Oh, I was, you know, considering suicide,’ I don’t necessarily think she meant like, ‘Oh, I’m going to go home and, you know, actually do it,’ but it just feels like you want to die,” said Tate, who has lost to Rousey twice.
“I’ve never considered taking my own life. For me, especially religiously, it is just never an option for me.”