Ronda Rousey: Suicidal thoughts aren't a weakness that we should condemn

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Ronda Rousey isn't afraid to admit she had suicidal thoughts following her loss to Holly Holm this past November and she believes the stigma attached to even saying those words is part of the problem with people reaching out for help in those same situations.

Speaking about suicide isn't something that Rousey takes lightly.

Her father took his own life when she was just a child, and when Bethe Correia once tried to trash-talk the former champ by insinuating that Rousey would kill herself after a loss, it only added fuel to her competitive fire ahead of their battle at UFC 190.

It's something that people are going through, not something like a weakness that we should condemn.

— Ronda Rousey

So Rousey's admission that she thought about killing herself following her defeat at UFC 190 wasn't done lightly. If anything she really just wanted to speak out as an example that even the biggest stars competing under the brightest spotlights have those kinds of thoughts just like everybody else in the world.

"There's a history of suicide in my family," Rousey said in a recent interview with TMZ. "My father and his dad both took their lives and I think suicide is the No. 1 killer of young teens as well. I do a lot of work with Didi Hirsch, which is a free mental health clinic here in LA and the last event I went to here with them was erasing the stigma, taking the stigma away from suicide and everything and making it actually acceptable for people to talk about it -- and look for help and not feel ashamed of themselves for it and should be encouraged.

"It's not about damning people and I feel like there's been an overly negative light on that. It's something that people are going through, not something like a weakness that we should condemn."

In the moment where she broke down in tears during the interview, Rousey says that was just her being brutally honest about her feelings in the aftermath of the loss to Holm.

She never imagined that her comments would get the reaction she's received, but Rousey isn't backing down from putting her heart on her sleeve and honestly admitting the feelings she had that night in Australia.

"I've never shied away from talking about suicide," Rousey said. "It's really heavily affected our family and anything I can do to make sure that it affects as few people as possible, I'd be happy to do that and I don't see why it's looked at as a bad thing.

"I only saw how big of a deal it was afterwards. I was just being honest."

As far as the future goes, Rousey is in a much better place now than she was during those first few minutes following the fight.

She's back in training after her body healed from the head-kick knockout that cost her the women's bantamweight title and Rousey is beginning to look ahead at her return to action later this year.

For now, Rousey is focused on her acting career as well as other projects she has in the works, but she promises that her attention will turn back to Holm when the time is right. Rousey says she will definitely be rooting for Holm to get a win next weekend at UFC 196 in her matchup against Miesha Tate because when she finally returns to the Octagon, there's only one fight that she wants.

"I need her to win," Rousey said about Holm. "I want to be the one to beat her so I don't want anyone else to take the honor of beating her but myself."

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