Many people wondered how Ronda Rousey would do in her first match as a pro wrestler, not only did the former UFC champion exceed expectations, but she also shed some demons inside the Superdome at Wrestlemania 34.
With Dana White and 78,000+ inside the New Orleans stadium, Rousey ffinally spoke about the two losses that took her from MMA to the WWE.
“It was me versus the world in an individual sport,” Rousey said to Ramona Shelburne. “I thought I would never say this, but I’m so happy I lost those fights [to Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes] 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.”
While Rousey was focused on her pro wrestling debut, she didn’t forget about the efforts of the current UFC women’s stars, such as UFC 223 co-headliners Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Rose Namajunas.
“Oh my god, I’m so proud of them. They’re such great representatives of the sport. They’re what that sport really needs — women like them. It’s just like a great sign for the future,” Rousey said Sunday. “Every sport has its peaks and valleys, but I think they’re a real testament to the staying power of the UFC.”
Original Story: ESPN