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Watch: 'I was thinking about killing myself '- Ronda Rousey on aftermath of loss to Holly Holm

Tom Rooney

Published 16/02/2016 | 17:40

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 15: Ronda Rousey of the United States (L) and Holly Holm of the United States compete in their UFC women's bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 193 event at Etihad Stadium on November 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 15: Ronda Rousey of the United States (L) and Holly Holm of the United States compete in their UFC women's bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 193 event at Etihad Stadium on November 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

In the immediate aftermath of the crushing defeat that saw Holly Holm dethrone her as the UFC’s women’s bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey has revealed she considered suicide.

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Rousey, who is still largely considered the biggest star in MMA, was handed the first loss of her career by Holm at UFC 193 in front of record crowd in Melbourne last November.

Holm was as a high as a 9/1 underdog going into the bout, but outclassed Rousey throughout before she earned a second round KO via head-kick which broke the latter’s jaw.

In arguably biggest upset in the history of the sport, Rousey was quick to receive a vitriolic backlash from fans and celebrities alike.

Rousey had been exceedingly hostile towards Holm the closer their fight approached and her antics garnered significant negative traction. There has been disquiet and rumours surrounding her relationship with coach Edmond Tarverdyan and, indeed, her state of mind.

Rousey’s father took his own life when she was a young child, and the Olympic bronze medallist told talk show host Ellen DeGeneres how low she got following the defeat to Holm.

"In the medical room, I was like down in the corner, I was sitting in the corner and I was like 'what am I anymore if I’m not this'.

“And I was literally sitting there and like thinking about killing myself and at 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.'" (watch video below)

There has been disquiet and rumours surrounding her relationship with coach Edmond Tarverdyan and, indeed, her state of mind. Although, she has announced no date for her comeback fight, she has been bust with films, hosting Saturday Night live ad appearing on the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition.

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