The UFC champion feels for her opponent.
Earlier this week, Ronda Rousey broke down in a surprisingly candid interview with Ellen DeGeneres, revealing that she had considered suicide after her first career defeat to Holly Holm.
And while Holm did her best to pilot the sensitive subject during a press conference in New Mexico on Tuesday, she made two things clear — she empathizes with the MMA fighter, but she is NOT sorry.
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The 34-year-old admitted after hearing her opponent's remarks, she wasn't sure how she should respond, explaining:
"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… 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."
Though the current Bantamweight champ was unapologetic, she certainly felt Rousey's pain — remembering how she felt after her own knockout loss to Anne Sophie Mathis in 2011 during her professional boxing days, saying:
"I know when I did go through [my loss], I needed the help, the support around me. But also it was a very sensitive subject. A lot of things that people said, depending on who it was and who maybe experienced that were like, ‘Oh I know what you're going through.' I'm like, ‘You don't really know what I'm going through because it's a different situation.' Every situation is different."
Holm credited her friends and her family for getting her through that "low place" after losing, noting how devastating it is to put blood, sweat, and tears into something only to come up short.
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Relating to Rousey, she continued:
"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. 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."
To be honest, we actually can't think of a better response to such a serious topic.
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