Kobe Bryant Contacted Ronda Rousey After Loss to Holly Holm

February 13th, 2016 by Daniel Kramer Leave a reply »

Ronda Rousey has largely steered clear of the spotlight since her knockout loss to Holly Holm in November, which prompted a slew of public criticism after Rousey boldly declared she would retire undefeated. 

Rousey drew ire from Donald Trump, Lady Gaga and other public figures—but Los Angeles Lakers icon Kobe Bryant was not among those who dished hate. 

Speaking at the NBA All-Star festivities in Toronto, Bryant confirmed he reached out to Rousey following the defeat to offer reassurance, per Mike Bohn in a special for USA Today.

"I sent her several messages, so yes, we have touched base,” Bryant said. "That’s what it's about. It's not about how you win. A true champion is about how you lose and come back from that.”

Bryant has won five NBA championships and two Olympic gold medals, and he will retire after this season as one of the most decorated basketball players of all time. 

But his path didn’t come without heartbreak. 

He lost in the NBA Finals twice and entered his final campaign coming off three consecutive s ...

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