While at Reebok’s Luncheon for Inspirational Women event this week, former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey spoke about her first ever MMA loss to Holly Holm back at UFC 193 in November of 2015.
According to Rousey, while it’s hard to accept on an emotional level, she feels her loss to Holm will end up being “the best thing that ever happened” to her.
Rousey stated the following about her loss to Holm while at the event (via InsideHalton.com):
“When it comes to challenges, I honestly believe that things happen for a reason. 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, 10 years’ time you’ll look back and think that was actually the best thing that ever happened to me.
“Every single setback it’s not the end of the world, it’s just the beginning of that lesson. 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.”
Rousey has vowed to make her Octagon return before the end of the 2016 calendar year, and with her longtime rival Miesha Tate beating Holly Holm in “The Preacher’s Daughter’s” first title defense to become the new UFC Women’s 135-pound champion, Rousey-Tate III is expected upon Rousey’s return.