Everyone loses at some point, but the grace with which defeat is accepted defines us just as much as the dignity shown in victory.
That said, Ronda Rousey – the former superstar fighter upon whose back women’s MMA flourished – got creamed in 48 seconds last night and now they haters have come out of the woodwork, fueled no doubt by the media silence Rousey has faded back into.
But Rousey’s mom, Dr. Anna Marie de Mars, wants us to remember some things about her daughter:
Like every mother and daughter on the face of the earth, Ronda and I don’t always see eye to eye. However, there is one situation where I am pretty certain.
All of those who have criticized Ronda for taking a loss so to heart, for not just ‘shrugging it off’ don’t understand that what made Ronda so successful is that she cares DEEPLY about winning to an extent that I don’t believe the average person can wrap his/her head around.
Caring deeply about something and working your hardest to achieve it doesn’t mean you make the right decisions 100% of the time. Wouldn’t it be a nicer world if it did?
Those of you who want to criticize Ronda, I just want to point out a few things. First of all, I know her better than you and she is a smart, kind, talented, generous, hard-working person.
Dr. De Mars goes on to list her daughter’s accomplishments.
I don’t know. I feel like Rousey could do a lot better for herself if she just embraced defeat and learned from it.