After suffering a stunning knockout loss to Holly Holm back in November, former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey became the butt of multiple jokes on the Internet as people celebrated her fall from glory.
Since the loss, Rousey was able to stay out of the spotlight and has just recently began stepping back into the public eye as she promotes her bodypaint cover of the 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
In one of her latest public appearances, Rousey discussed the aftermath of her loss and just how hurtful some of the discussion online was.
“To be honest, I’ve been trying to disappear as much as possible,” Rousey said in an interview with MMAjunkie. “I don’t look at articles. I don’t look at tags. I don’t look at comments. People on the Internet are mostly evil, and I don’t want to accept any of that negativity. I just use social media to put information out there, but I really don’t use it to receive it because people are really cruel with that access.
“I don’t want to allow them that access to me anymore because they really take it for granted, and they don’t look at you like a person. You’re an event to them. I don’t want want to read people saying all the worst things they can imagine about me every single day. I just put what I have to put out there out there, and I don’t look at anything else.”
During her media tour, Rousey has also highlighted some of the low points in her life following the loss which included suicidal thoughts.
However, now Rousey is continuing her healing process and targeting a return to the Octagon later this year. An exact date for the former champion’s return is not yet set, but some rumors and reports have November as the targeted month.
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