Friday 24 November 2017

'I hurt for her'- Holly Holm responds to Ronda Rousey's suicide admission

Holly Holm. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Holly Holm. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Tom Rooney

Holly Holm has responded with great concern to Ronda Rousey's revelations that she considered suicide after the former dethroned her as the women's bantamweight champion at UFC 193.

Holm handed Rousey the first loss of her MMA career last November with a devastating head kick knockout in front of a record crowd in Melbourne and, in turn, became just the second woman to wear the women’s bantamweight crown.

Holm, like most of Rousey’s opponents, was expected to be dispatched of in the briefest of manners, but the former world champion boxer and kick-boxer pulled off the greatest upset in the history of the sport.

Rousey quickly disappeared into obscurity on the back of considerable abuse from fans and celebrities, including Donald Trump. Questions over her personal and professional life have lingered since.

She has returned to the public gaze on Saturday Night Live and in the recent Sports illustrated swimsuit issue. But, it was during a recent appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres show that she revealed just how much the loss had affected her.

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During a press conference in her native Albuquerque, Holm, who defends her strap against Miesha Tate at UFC 186 on the same night Conor McGregor faces Rafael Dos Anjos,  initially found it difficult to give her thoughts on Rousey's statement.

“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.”

Having experienced heart breaking defeat in other combat sports, Holm was able to relate to Rousey and just how trying life can be in those moments.

“I hurt for her that she feels that way because that is a very low place. I did have a lot of help around me to where I did not feel that way,” Holm said.

 “People would say, ‘Oh it’s not the end of the world.’ I was like, ‘Well that’s exactly what it feels like, the end of the world.’ When you put your heart and soul into something and it gets shut down devastatingly, it’s terrible. It’s a horrible feeling.”

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