Ronda Rousey shines on 'Raw' after admitting she's happy to have lost her last 2 UFC fights

Ronda Rousey, once a UFC women's champion and the main event draw, has made peace with the end of her MMA career, believing it was the catapult she needed in hindsight.

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WWE superstar Ronda Rousey put the cap on top of her rivalry with Stephanie McMahon on the three-hour special edition of Raw on Monday night, after her blistering debut at Wrestlemania 34 just 24 hours before. 

Rousey has words with McMahon, put her in the signature armbar, and left to great applause. 

However, after Wrestlemania, she spoke with ESPN's Ramona Shelburne about how she's made sense of her UFC career and her downfall as a MMA fighter. 

She expanded on her feelings of extreme gratitude, putting her life and career in perspective with a new maturity following two heartbreaking defeats inside the Octagon.


"Everything really does happen for a reason. I'm just so grateful. I thought I never would be [grateful] for [the losses], but time is a great teacher," Rousey told ESPN. "I'm just really, really glad I gave it time instead of giving up and feeling it was the end of the world."


"There's so many people who encounter tragedies who feel like the world and time won't heal it. But all I can say to those people is: Just give it time, even if you think time can't heal it," she added. "You never know what will happen and where it will lead you. Every missed opportunity is a blessing in disguise. I really believe it now."

It was me versus the world in an individual sport. I thought I would never say this, but I'm so happy I lost those fights [to Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes] because it led me here. This is so worth it.