Johnson tells Rousey to ‘grow up’

UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson has some harsh words for Ronda Rousey following her UFC absence.

Rousey has been wallowing in the mire after her first round 48 second knockout at the hands of Amanda Nunes in December, her second consecutive loss.

Johnson believes the former women's bantamweight champion needs to pick herself up, dust herself off and return to the octagon. 

"You look at Ronda Rousey: You got your ass beat, grow the (expletive) up," the 30-year-old told Sports Illustrated in a recent interview. 

"It happens. It's mixed martial arts. I don't want to be like that. If I lose, I'll be like, 'I lost.'

“Everybody (expletive) loses. It's part of the sport. Grow up. Look, Ronda, you lost two (expletive) fights in a row, and you made more (expletive) money than the women's roster. You'll be fine, don't worry about it."

Despite Johnson's superlative record in the octagon, he is no stranger to the despair of losing. Johnson revealed that he was very emotional when he suffered his first loss in MMA to Brad Pickett in 2010.

"I cried and I cried," he continued. 

"Then I was like, 'I'm never going to feel that again…' Then when I lost to [Dominick Cruz], I cried a little bit. I was like, 'It's part of life, you're going to (expletive) lose, I'm over it.' 

"I came home and nothing changed. Nothing changed. Nobody said, 'You (expletive) suck, blah, blah, blah.' When I started to win, nothing still changed. The only thing that changed is people started to recognize me more. So now that's my mindset."

Johnson tied Anderson Silva for the most consecutive title defences in UFC history with a tenth win over Wilson Reis in April.