UFC president Dana White has revealed that Ronda Rousey felt as if the media “completely turned on her” after she lost her UFC women’s bantamweight title to Holly Holm last year.
Rousey was knocked out by Holm in the second round at UFC 193 in November 2015 and was subsequently handed her first-ever MMA loss.
Rousey has not stepped foot in the Octagon since that fight and brought to light the fact that she contemplated committing suicide after losing to Holm.
White, though, believes that the media added to the despair and dejection Rousey was feeling after UFC 193 as they criticised her for her performance.
“She had some issues but her biggest issues, in my opinion, were with the media,” White told Jay & Dan on FS1. “She just felt like the media completely turned on her when she lost. Not abandoned. She felt attacked.
“She felt like these people in the media that she gave three years of her life cruising around, giving interviews to completely turned on her when she lost.
“I’ve been doing this for 16 years and I’ve had my moments with the media and the media can irritate you. If you go through something traumatic like she did, losing and everything else, and you have to listen to some of the things being written and said, ‘I get it.’”
White added that Rousey needed time off from competing in the Octagon and attributed that to the way she reacted after her loss to Holm.
“The thing people have to understand about Ronda is she is so competitive,” he said. “Who likes to lose? Nobody does but she’s like the next level. I think she just wanted time.”