For the people who have supported me this far
I wanted to take time to collect my thoughts and speak from the heart rather than spew out some cliché anecdote about a tough loss. I know I am a better fighter than the way I performed that night and was heartbroken to not give more to those who have been inspired. However, I find some relief in knowing that this has never been only about me, and now more than ever I feel freedom to learn and grow at my own pace. I make it a point to constantly remind myself throughout this journey who I am, what I am doing, and why. Life is the most amazing gift and I want to live it for the right reasons. To my family, coaches, management... thank you from the bottom of my heart for believing in me, loving and encouraging me. Also a special thanks to the fans who support me from their computers at home, watch me on television and scream for me in the stadiums. Because of you, barriers have been broken down and you have inspired me to believe in a larger dream. Congratulations to Cris Cyborg and the women of MMA who have a great platform to shine. I am more excited than ever for female fighters and this amazing sport which has transformed my life. God Bless.
I think she still represents the face of Women's MMA, and truthfully the loss wasn't a devastation. I think she's only one or two wins away from being the #1 contender. She'll have her moment to capture immortality again.
P.S. StrikeForce is doing an INCREDIBLE jo at bring in some top world class female fighters. It's good to see a promotion trying to find an area they can champion and not settle to simply be the Plan B for those not under UFC contract.
Tito | Hendo | Wanderlei | Couture | Fedor | Urijah | GSP
...and of course Gina Carano, but for totally different reasons....