As we mentioned yesterday, Ronda Rousey conducted her first interview since losing to Holly Holm recently, and opened up to Ramona Shelburne about her career, loss, and family after being silent for three weeks.
Rousey, who hung up on reporters that questioned her about boyfriend Travis Browne ahead of her UFC 193 fight, spoke about her controversy. Rousey, who had been outspoken about Floyd Mayweather's domestic abuse issues, was dating Browne, who had also been accused (and later cleared) of domestic abuse.
"It's hard, it's really hard. I'm very anti-domestic violence," she told ESPN. "But I know that he didn't do anything. Now I'm put in this situation where I'm finally happy with somebody that respects me and cares about me, and I'm like, 'What do I do?'"
Despite the vitriol thrown her way after deciding to date Browne, and even more tossed her direction following a loss, Rousey says that she can't let that get to her.
"At the end of the day, I can't curl up with people's opinions," she said. "Even when everyone thinks the world of me, I still go to bed anxious and freaking out because I'm afraid of everything. The only time I've gotten a reprieve from that [feeling] in my life is since I've been with him," said Rousey.
Browne was cleared of his domestic abuse allegations by the UFC following an independent investigation. Browne's estranged wife Jenna Webb claimed she would press charges, but thus far hasn't.
You can read the full interview at this link.
Source: ESPN The Magazine