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Rowdy Inspiration: How Other Sports Stars Bounced Back From Their Bitter Defeats

Hey, Ronda. All is not lost. You can still bounce back. We know you will. If ever you need inspiration though, the exploits of these sporting greats will give you loads.
by John Paulo Aguilera | Nov 17, 2015
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The whole sporting world was utterly stunned at the sight of Ronda Rousey getting knocked the F out by Holly Holm at UFC 193 over the weekend.


Ronda, who came into the fight with an unblemished 12-0 record, was aware of how big a threat the newly crowned UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion was. Heck, she might have even predicted her loss prior to the fight...

With a brutal kick to the neck, Ronda's title reign and MMA immortality came to an end. (Maybe she didn't have enough the night before?) Thankfully, Rowdy seems to be doing fine now, after being hospitalized.

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Those three last words are rather encouraging. We honestly think that it wouldn't be Ronda if she just curled up and sulked after suffering that devastating second-round loss.

Like these fellows below who, despite the bitter first taste of defeat, were not just able to just pick themselves up, but went on to stand atop the mountain of excellence in their respective sports. Ronda might want to draw inspiration from these acclaimed athletes before she makes her highly-anticipated return.

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First career loss and knockout

In the early days of the Pambansang Kamao's now-illustrious boxing career, a man named Rustico Torrecampo knocked him out for the former's first defeat as a professional boxer. We don't have to elaborate what has become of this young boy from General Santos City, right?


First title loss

GSP's career in the UFC actually had an up-and-down start. After a couple of wins, a relatively inexperienced St. Pierre fell to co-contender Matt Hughes. It took five victories before he was able to exact revenge on Hughes at UFC 65 and capture his first-ever UFC Welterweight Championship.

UFC 69 saw an upset between St. Pierre and The Ultimate Fighter 4 victor Matt Serra, with the latter snatching the title from the barely five-month old champ. After taking some time off, GSP would go on a 12-win streak, reclaiming the belt in the process, before vacating it in 2013.

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First playoff loss following comeback

In the 1994-95 Eastern Conference Finals, the Chicago Bulls were dominated by the Orlando Magic, despite Jordan's return from retirement. The next season, MJ and the Bulls compiled a league-best 72-10 regular season record that is yet to be broken, en route to the first title of their second three-peat.


First losing season

It's no secret why KD ended up with the Seattle Supersonics in 2007. The team's struggles were apparent that time, especially with their second-worst league record of 20-62 during Durant's rookie season.

That and the next season—the team's first as the Oklahoma City Thunder—though proved to be their last years as the NBA's whipping boys, with Durant evolving into the league's youngest-ever scoring champ, and a legit superstar. Read: 2013-14 Most Valuable Player.

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