After a crushing defeat by Holly Holm left Rousey unconscious, hospitalized and "really f---ing sad," the Ultimate Fighting Championship superstar was forced to accept the fact that she won't retire undefeated – that she's not, as people were starting to believe, invincible.
The stitches in her lip still dissolving, and a few of her teeth still unstable from Holm's fight-ending kick to the face, Rousey admits to ESPN The Magazine in its "Ideas of the Year" issue, on newsstands Friday: "It might be three to six months before I can eat an apple, let alone take an impact."
Adding fuel to her desire to dominate are all the naysayers – from rapper 50 Cent, who posted a picture of Rousey unconscious after the Holm fight and then tried to blame it on his friend Floyd Mayweather before deleting it, to GOP hopeful Donald Trump, who tweeted that he was "glad" Rousey lost her championship fight because she was "not a nice person."
Sorry, she's not sorry.
Rousey refuses to apologize for being tough and "to the point," just as she refuses to be judged by any standard of beauty.
"I think it's hilarious if people say that my body looks masculine," she said on an episode of UFC's Embedded that aired before her fight with Bethe Correia. "I'm just like, 'Listen, just because my body was developed for a purpose other than f---ing millionaires doesn't mean it's masculine.' I think it's femininely badass as f--- because there's not a single muscle on my body that isn't for a purpose. Because I'm not a do-nothing bitch. It's not very eloquently said, but it's to the point. And maybe that's just what I am. I'm not that eloquent, but I'm to the point."
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"She does not soften herself to make anyone more comfortable," ESPN's Ramona Shelburne writes of Rousey.
"Most people get scared away from having an opinion," Rousey says. "It's not so much my opinions everybody relates to, it's that I don't care about being punished for it."