Ronda Rousey revealed that the shock loss against Holly Holm was wake up call for her professional and personal life.
At UFC 193 last November, Rousey strolled into the octagon undefeated, sporting the UFC Bantamweight championship belt. But 59 seconds into the second round, Holm would land a devastating head kick and seconds later Rousey was flat on the canvas.
The defeat rocked Rousey to the core and she took months off from the sport to re-evaluate life. 13 months later, Rousey has arrived at an answer.
"That loss saved me from becoming what I hate," the 29-year-old told ESPN.
"One of those people who live their lives to impress everyone else. Who put up a front for the world to admire. Who make sure every charitable act is posted and shared for their own image gain. Who posture and pose for people they care nothing about except for the opinion they have of them.
"I was just trying to make too many people happy. But when I try and do favors and make everybody else happy, at the end of the day, they walk away happy and I'm the one who has to deal with the depression. All the pay-per-views in the world, all the money in the world, it means f—ing nothing to me because I lost."
Rousey will make her return at UFC 207 on 30 December where she will face Amanda Nunes for the bantamweight title. While sporting comebacks are often linked to chasing another payday, Rousey insists money has nothing to do with it and called out Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor for 'worshipping' it.
"If money is the motivation, then f— that," quipped the former Olympian.
"All these Money people… Money Mayweather, Money McGregor. I see they're trying to do an angle or whatever. People buy it.
"The worship of money in our society is so deep. But just because that's the easiest way to keep people's attention or entertain them doesn't mean that's the right way."