Rhonda Rousey breaks silence after loss to Amanda Nunes, Kobe & Lebron offer support

By Maricris Faderugao | Jan 03, 2017 12:05 PM EST
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UFC fighter Rhonda Rousey has finally spoken about her devastating loss to Amanda Nunes in the latest bout for the women's bantamweight title.

After her loss to Holly Holm in the second round of UFC 193 back in November 2015, Rousey failed to make a strong come back after she lost in a 48-second fight with Nunes. Speaking to ESPN, she thanked her fans who offered their unrelenting support even in the most difficult times.

"I want to say thank you to all of my fans who have been there for me in not only the greatest moments but in the most difficult ones. Words cannot convey how much your love and support means to me," she said.

Rousey went to say that her focus for the past year had been about making a big come back. However, she acknowledged that sometimes things don't go as planned despite exerting one's best effort.

She clarified that she still take pride in seeing the women's division flourish and commended all other women UFC fighters including those who won against her. In the aftermath of her loss, she said that she would need some time to reflect and think about the future.

Elsewhere, NBA stars Lebron James and Kobe Bryant extended their support to Rousey. James sympathized and said that generally in sports, people tend to build them up as high as they can just to tear them down. He lamented that people tend to make the "teardown story" more important than the athlete's journey to get to the top, CBS Sports reported.

Bryant on the other hand, took it to twitter and hit the people who were rejoicing during Rousey's defeat. The Black Mamba believes that instead of criticizing Rousey, people should give her respect for putting the MMA sport on the map.

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