Former UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey won her first ever professional wrestling match for WWE this past Sunday and earned the respect of the fans.
Rousey is a decorated UFC star and an Olympic medalist in judo, she had never wrestled professionally, but her debut performance was exceeded beyond expectation.
Rousey speaks up that she has finally come to terms with the UFC defeats which ended her mixed martial arts career.
Anytime, Rousey speaks publicly about UFC losses, she was unable to reference defeat without becoming emotional or angry. Not long ago, Rousey being truly awful to ESPN radio host when asked about her losses in mixed martial arts (MMA).
After picking up a thrilling win at Wrestlemania 34 last night, Olympian is grateful for UFC defeats because they led her to pro wrestling superstardom.
After the match, Ronda spoke exclusively with ESPN:
“I thought I would never say this, but I’m so happy I lost those fights because it led me here. This is so worth it. Everything really does happen for a reason. I’m just so grateful. I thought I never would be [grateful] for [the losses], but time is a great teacher. I’m just really, really glad I gave it time instead of giving up and feeling it was the end of the world. There’s so many people who encounter tragedies who feel like the world and time won’t heal it. But all I can say to those people is: Just give it time, even if you think time can’t heal it. You never know what will happen and where it will lead you. Every missed opportunity is a blessing in disguise. I really believe it now.”
Ronda Rousey became the UFC’s first female champion back in 2012 and made six title defenses.
Here former Olympic bronze judo medallist talking about her knockout losses to both Holm and Nunes.
Rousey, who has largely avoided public comment about the current UFC women’s division, surprisingly praised Rose Namajunas’ victory over Joanna Jedrzejczyk in their title rematch at UFC 223 via social media post, which surprised fans and critics.
— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) April 8, 2018