Friday February 19th, 2016

Ronda Rousey has made minimal public appearances since her upset, knockout loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193 in November, and her absence from the public eye has been intentional, according to an interview with MMAjunkie.

“To be honest, I’ve been trying to disappear as much as possible,” Rousey said. “I don’t look at articles. I don’t look at tags. I don’t look at comments. People on the Internet are mostly evil, and I don’t want to accept any of that negativity. I just use social media to put information out there, but I really don’t use it to receive it because people are really cruel with that access.

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“I don’t want to allow them that access to me anymore because they really take it for granted, and they don’t look at you like a person. You’re an event to them. I don’t want want to read people saying all the worst things they can imagine about me every single day. I just put what I have to put out there out there, and I don’t look at anything else.”

Rousey posted an Instagram on Thursday calling out such people with the quote, “If you post a rude, insulting comment on a complete stranger’s social media, you’re a sad, empty loser.”

Rousey came under scrutiny after losing her UFC bantamweight title to Holm in the first loss of her previously undefeated 13-fight career. She said in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres last week that she even considered killing herself after the loss.

An official date for a rematch between Rousey and Holm has not been set, but UFC president Dana White most recently said the fight could take place this November.

- Erin Flynn

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