After Ronda Rousey’s crushing loss to Brazilian fighter Amanda Nunes last week, marking the second successive defeat for the one-time reigning champion, she received words of consolation from some high-profile athletes. ESPN stated that no matter what, Rousey will be remembered as a pioneer, the person who is “ single-handedly responsible for women competing at the highest level of MMA,” while LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Jon “Bones” Jones had some encouraging tweets and commentary for her.
“In sports, in general, they build you up as high as they can, put you on the highest mountain in the world, just to tear you down. That’s coming from somebody who has experienced it. And that’s exactly what she’s going through right now. That’s a fact. I know exactly how she feels because I was that athlete. I went through that.” -LeBron James
My advice to Ronda would be to pick yourself up and try again.— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) December 31, 2016
I believe Rousey will be a champion for the rest of her life, even if she never wins another fight— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) December 31, 2016
I think it’s important for Ronda to show her fans how great she truly is by displaying her courage and giving it another try.— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) December 31, 2016
That’s much more useful than what Justin Bieber had to say:
you just got knocked the fuck out— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) December 31, 2016
Rousey received a $3 million check for the fight, the biggest guaranteed payday in UFC history (tied with Conor McGregor), a pretty decent consolation prize. Especially considering Nunes received $100k, raising the question: Who’s the real winner here?