Ronda Rousey
Ronda Rousey | photo credit: Joey Krebs

At a Reebok Luncheon for Inspirational Women on Tuesday in L.A. former UFC women’s bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey spoke to the group of ladies about how she deals with setbacks, what her recent loss has taught her and the value of self-belief.

“A lot of people think they’re a good person because they don’t do this, and they don’t do that. But for me, it’s not about what you abstain from, it’s about what you do that makes a difference,” Rousey stated (via Inside Halton).

“When it comes to challenges, I honestly believe that things happen for a reason,” she added. “At the time yes it’s hard on a personal, emotional level and it’s hard to look past what’s happening to the future, but you have to believe in yourself because down the line in two, five, ten years’ time you’ll look back and think that was actually the best thing that ever happened to me.”

The 29-year-old Olympian who revolutionized women’s mixed martial arts to become the biggest breakthrough star the UFC had ever seen just suffered the first loss of her career, a headkick knockout from Holly Holm at UFC 193 in November.

“Every single setback it’s not the end of the world, it’s just the beginning of that lesson,” Rousey said. “That had to happen for me to learn these certain things and it’s not about being completely infallible, it’s about getting better and there’s no room for improvement in perfect.”

A full cup can hold no more water. This seems to be the essence of martial arts is it not? To continuously maintain and improve upon what you have to work with. It’s all a journey and we’ve all been either figuratively or literally headkick KO’d at some point. And if you haven’t, then you just haven’t lived long enough yet.

Rumors are Rousey will be making her return later this year, possibly November. Who would you most like to see her fight next?


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