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17th Feb 2016

One of Ronda Rousey’s fiercest rivals reaches out to her after she admitted contemplating suicide

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Ben Kiely

This Cyborg has a heart.

Cristiane Justino and Ronda Rousey haven’t had the most amicable of relationships down the years. The Invicta featherweight champion is best known for dethroning and ending the career of the first female superstar of MMA, Gina Carano. Ever since Rousey filled the void left by Carano to become the biggest name in the sport, Cyborg has been trying her utmost to get Rowdy to fight her.

However, Cyborg has put her rivalry with the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion aside for a while after Rousey’s emotional first interview since losing her belt. Rousey opened up on the Ellen DeGeneres Showrevealing she considered taking her own life after Holly Holm knocked her out with that monstrous head kick at UFC 193.

Rousey’s father committed suicide when she was a child.

“I was literally sitting there and thinking about killing myself and that exact second I’m like ‘I’m nothing, what do I do anymore and no one gives a shit about me anymore without this.’

“To be honest, I looked up and I saw my man Travis was standing up there and I looked up at him and I was like, I need to have his babies. I need to stay alive.”

Cyborg put up a supportive Facebook post aimed at Rousey after the interview went viral, telling the former champion that losing is a part of life, implying that she will come back stronger because of the defeat.

our sport can win or lose. losing is not the end of the world! Many bad things happen in our life, but in fact often is…

Posted by Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos on Tuesday, February 16, 2016