Rousey's devastating loss to Holm

Former UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey was on the receiving end of a knockout back in November, when the then challenger (now new champ) Holly Holm shocked the world by completely picking apart who was thought to be the most dominant combat sports athlete in the world.

Before the fight, many believed that if anyone had the perfect style to defeat Rousey, it'd be Holm, who, before she got into MMA, was a very successful pro boxer and kick boxer. While many believed that Holm had the style to win the fight, those same people also believed that Rousey would completely walk through Holm, much like she did in all twelve of her previous fights.

Holm didn't just beat Rousey, she completely exposed her, as Holm didn't lose a single second of the fight. It was so one-sided that many questioned if Rousey would ever compete in mixed-martial arts again.Rousey has been somewhat quiet since her loss to Holm last November, and during that time, many pro athletes and fellow pro MMA fighters have offered words of advice and encouragement to Rousey, and five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant is the latest to do so.

Bryant latest to reach out to former champ

On Saturday, Bryant, spoke with Mike Bohn of USA Today Sports, and said that he did reach out to Rousey following her loss at UFC 193.

"I sent her several messages, so yes, we have touched base,” Bryant told USA Today Sports.

“That’s what it’s about. It’s not about how you win. A true champion is about how you lose and come back from that."

"I told her, ‘It’s a beautiful thing.’ That’s what I told her," Bryant continued. "I said, ‘To be a true champion sometimes you have to get knocked down.’ It happens to the best of us.

It happened with my Achilles (when I tore it), (Muhammad) Ali got put down several times – it happens to the best of us.”

Whether Rousey is able to successfully bounce back from her loss to Holm remains to be seen, and, according to UFC president Dana White, we'll get to see if Rousey is able to do just that later this year, as Rousey is in fact planning to return to the octagon.

Holly Holm is scheduled to make her first title defense on March 5th against Miesha Tate at UFC 196, where the winner will defend the title against Rousey later this year, possibly in the Fall.

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