The former champion admitted that she briefly considered taking her own life in the immediate aftermath of her defeat to Holm
UFC women's bantamweight champion Holly Holm expressed great concern and sympathy for Ronda Rousey after the former champion's appearance on The Ellen Show.
The 34-year-old handed Rousey her first defeat in the UFC last November with a devastating head-kick knockout and Rousey admitted that it was one of the lowest points in her life, to the extent that she briefly contemplated suicide.
Speaking at a press conference ahead of UFC 196 where she will defend her title against Meisha Tate, Holm expressed sympathy for her peer.
“There’s a lot of things around that. When I heard that she said that, for me it’s one of those things that’s like: How do I respond to that?” Holm said at a press conference.
“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 where 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.”
Holm continued: “I hurt for her that she feels that way because that’s a very low place. I did have a lot of help around me to where I did not feel that way,” Holm said, referring to her last defeat against Anne Sophie Mattis, during her boxing career.
“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.”