Ronda Rousey chose to remain silent before her fight with Amanda Nunes, and since that devastating 48-second loss, she has been mostly mum. However, the former UFC champion broke her social media silence on Tuesday, as she wrote about hitting "rock bottom."
"And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life," Rousey posted, attributing the quote to Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. The line is part of extensive comments Rowling made while giving Harvard's commencement address in 2008.
Rousey was defeated by Brazil's Amanda Nunes in her first UFC fight since losing her title 13 months ago.
In her address, Rowling had two points of emphasis: the "benefits of failure" and the "crucial importance of imagination." Rousey left it for readers to imagine what, exactly, she was getting at with the post, but it would certainly stand to reason that she might be searching for some benefit in her resounding defeat at the hands of Nunes.
That December 30 showdown for the bantamweight crown would have been her glorious comeback, over a year in the making, from a devastating defeat.
However, it turned into another humiliating setback for the woman who was undefeated in her MMA career until getting knocked out by Holly Holm in November 2015.
"Returning to not just fighting, but winning, was my entire focus this past year," Rousey said in a statement after that loss.
"However, sometimes - even when you prepare and give everything you have and want something so badly - it doesn't work how you planned ... I need to take some time to reflect and think about the future. Thank you for believing in me and understanding."