You could argue that Ronda Rousey’s loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193 was the biggest upset in any mixed martial arts bout since Chris Weidman landed a clean left hook to Anderson Silva’s chin at UFC 162.
Silva suffered another shocking defeat to Weidman six months later, breaking his leg after throwing a kick in the second round of their rematch at UFC 168. A year after the injury, Silva came back to win a bout against Nick Diaz, only to fail a post-fight drug test for multiple steroids.
Once revered the greatest fighter in the history of combat sports, the “Spider” was suddenly human, capable of getting knocked out, seeing his bones broken and succumbing to the benefits of PEDs.
So, yeah, he may know a thing or two about how Rousey’s feeling right now. He wrote in a caption directed at Rousey on his Instagram Sunday:
“Our biggest glory doesn’t [live] in the fact of never [falling] down, but in the fact of always standing up after each fall. With determination, you will overcome this bad time. I know very well how it is [to lose]. You are a great athlete and transcend the MMA world. My kids love you. So, don’t forget: To fall makes us stronger.
“You deserve the best of this world. Nobody is forever. All of us lost, and to lose makes us stronger. So, I wish you peace and lots of patience. Hold this experience with intelligence and don’t blame yourself. You had a big lesson of this sport. With class you will transform this happiness into something better to your personal and professional life, because the world was made for people like you, a winner.”
Rousey suffered a second-round knockout to Holm in the main event at UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia. It was the first defeat of her professional career.