Ronda Rousey made headlines this week when she admitted on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ that she had contemplated suicide in the aftermath of her loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193. Today, Holm responded to the comments as best she could, while admitting that it was a bit awkward for her to be saying anything on the topic at all.
“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 told reporters, according to UFC blog Sherdog.com.
“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.”
Holm did add that while the controversy is something Rousey will have to work through on her own, she does feel that Rousey will likely be a stronger person for it in the end.
“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,” Holm said. “In the long run, she’ll be stronger mentally from it.”
Holm’s comments are perfectly reasonable considering she was kind of put on the spot after Rousey’s interview. It’s sad that Rousey’s reaction to losing was so severe, but Holm didn’t do anything wrong by winning the fight fair and square, so there’s really nothing to apologize for.
For what it’s worth, Rousey does seem to be fully recovered now. She recently appeared on Saturday Night Live and it was announced last weekend that she is one of three cover girls for this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
As for Holm, she will defend her the title she won from Rousey against Miesha Tate March 5 at UFC 196 in Las Vegas. Assuming Holm wins that fight, a rematch against Rousey will likely be in the cards. UFC President Dana White said as much earlier this month, as reported by Sports Illustrated.
Rousey recently returned to training and has said that she plans on re-entering the ring in the 2nd half of 2016.