WWE Superstar Ronda Rousey commented Wednesday on the UFC losses that led to her departure from the Octagon.
According to Martin Rogers of USA Today, Rousey said the following regarding her defeats to Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes at a question-and-answer event hosted by director Peter Berg at Wild Card West Boxing Club in Santa Monica, California:
"I did a whole lot of crying, isolating myself, [my husband Travis Browne] held me and let me cry and it lasted two years. I couldn't have done it alone. There's a lot of things you have to remember. Every missed opportunity is a blessing in disguise.
"I had to learn from experience. From the worst things, the best things have come as a result. Time is a great teacher. It's that belief that time passes, even bad times."
While addressing the losses, Rousey became emotional and shed some tears on stage.
The 31-year-old Rousey began her professional MMA career 12-0 and was the first UFC Women's Bantamweight champion before shockingly getting knocked out by Holly Holm at UFC 193 in 2015.
Rousey returned just over one year later, but Nunes beat her in just 48 seconds at UFC 207.
The Olympic bronze medal-winning judoka hasn't competed in MMA since, and she has largely avoided talking about the losses.
Rousey admitted Wednesday that she didn't know how to handle failure:
"My parents expected me to be special, so I expected to be special. I was just trying to create the job I wanted, and I wouldn't have the audacity to do that if my mom didn't tell me I could.
"But one thing my mother never taught me was how to lose. She never wanted me to entertain it as a possibility. She'd say: 'Let it suck. It deserves to suck.'"
Although Rousey's UFC career ended on a low note (provided she never returns to the Octagon), she has landed on her feet in another realm.
Rousey is a longtime professional wrestling fan, and she officially joined WWE in January.
She made her in-ring debut as a competitor at WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans this month and put on an impressive show, as she and Kurt Angle defeated Triple H and Stephanie McMahon.