Ronda Rousey Mindset: 'I'd Rather Die Than Lose'

The UFC bantamweight champ's experience of past defeat has cemented her steely outlook.

Ronda Rousey Showtime Interview
Ronda Rousey Showtime Interview

UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey did not mince her words in a recent Jim Rome interviewWhen asked about the prospect of losing in the Octagon, Rousey, who became the first American woman to medal in Judo when she bagged a bronze at the Beijing Olympics, cut straight to the chase.  "I would rather die than lose. I know that feeling so well. It's not that I have never lost, it's that I have lost at the worst time, so I know what that feeling is," explained the MMA superstar. 

"That's why I want to win so much more than these girls. My mom was the world champion in Judo, and she was the first American to ever do it. I had my shot to like be like my mom and be the world champion in Judo, and I lost. It feels like dying to me. I'd rather die." Check out the video:

Rousey, who has a 10-0 record, is slated to fight number one contender Cat ZIngano in Januray at UFC 182. It wasn't all serious discussion during the interview, especially when Rome quizzed Rousey about "pretty" fighters:

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