Brock Lesnar (pictured) and Ronda Rousey have a lot in common: they are both former UFC champions, danced inside professional wrestling’s squared-circle, and they don’t take losing very well.
Lesnar, however, claims he is no longer a sore loser after his old coach schooled him to the game.
“I’m a big fan of Ronda’s and have been since the beginning,” Lesnar said on Tuesday night’s edition of ESPN’s SportsCenter. “One thing that I learned and she should have learned a long time ago was that you have to learn how to lose before you can actually win.
“That was one thing my coach taught me at a very young age because I was a bad loser whenever I’d get beat.”
Ironically, to the surprise of nobody in the media, Lesnar did not attend the UFC 141 post-fight press conference after suffering a TKO loss to Alistair Overeem. The December 2011 bout turned out to be Lesnar’s MMA swan song, so he never formally got a chance to say goodbye to the world of real fighting.
Coincidentally, Rousey also didn’t attend the UFC 193 post-fight presser after getting knocked out by Holly Holm.
Rousey made waves Tuesday when she revealed on “The Ellen Degeneres Show” that she briefly contemplated suicide after getting humiliated by Holm in November because she knew her haters would be out in droves. Lesnar understands her disappointment, but the great ones always dust themselves off and get back in the saddle.
“You’ve got to be able to get back on the horse and this life is very precious and very short,” Lesnar said. “One fight isn’t going to make or break her career. She’s just got to get back on the horse again and figure it out and she will.”
One piece of advice Lesnar had for Rousey is that she should be more focused on what’s really important – whether that’s MMA or Hollywood.
“She can do whatever she wants to do and I think she’s proven that. I think she’s got a lot on her plate. You can’t be a fighter and be in 10 movies a year. She’s going to have to step back and find out what Ronda wants to do moving forward,” Lesnar said in closing.