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NBA Great Kobe Bryant: Rousey's KO was a beautiful thing

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  1. Actualized174 Black Belt

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    http://mmajunkie.com/2016/02/nba-st...y-ko-loss-to-holly-holm-was-a-beautiful-thing

    In fact, Bryant, an 18-time NBA All-Star and five-time NBA champion for the Los Angeles Lakers, said he personally reached out to Rousey (12-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) after the stunning second-round knockout loss to Holm (10-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC), which marked the first defeat in her career.

    Prior to the defeat, Rousey made bold claims that she would retire undefeated and dispatch of all comers. When that didn’t happen, many people piled on, from the likes of Lady Gaga to Donald Trump and more.

    Bryant, however, did the opposite. He said he contacted Rousey after the lopsided contest and provided her with an uplifting message.

    “I sent her several messages, so yes, we have touched base,” Bryant told USA TODAY Sports. “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.

    “I told her, ‘It’s a beautiful thing.’ That’s what I told her. I said, ‘To be a true champion sometimes you have to get knocked down.’ It happens to the best of us. It happened with my Achilles (when I tore it), (Muhammad) Ali got put down several times – it happens to the best of us.”

    Rousey has remained somewhat quiet since the defeat several months ago. She recently hosted an edition of Saturday Night Live and her immediate future includes several Hollywood filming obligations.

    “Rowdy” will get back in the octagon again, though. UFC President Dana White said she intends to compete before the end of the year, likely against the winner of next month’s UFC 196 title bout between Holm and challenger Miesha Tate.

    Bryant said he’s eager to see Rousey rebound from the career low point. All athletes go through trying moments, and Bryant has experienced plenty of them during his 19-year NBA career. He said the most important part of every valley is the return to a peak, and Bryant has every bit of confidence Rousey will get back on top.

    “I think the true mark of a champion is how you get up from that,” Bryant said. “If she goes through her entire career undefeated, she becomes this mythical figure that nobody can relate to. She got beat. We all get beat at some point or another in our lives. Now it’s a matter of how she bounces back from that. I think that’s what makes her a true champion.”
     
  2. LordFarthing Green Belt

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    Kobe Bryant-Most overrated athlete ever not named Derek Jeter or Joe Namath
     
  3. sidecheckkick Double Yellow Card Double Yellow Card

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    It was a beautiful thing

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    trying to get that booty when she's down. gangsta
     
  5. Darwinambrosius Thought you had a friend, boy?

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    Add that to the list of Edmond's woes.
     
  6. Schoolboy Q Silver Belt

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    It was a beautiful moment, I can watch her getting KTFO everyday.
     
  7. HelloJapan Talking loud and saying nothing. Platinum Member

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    The man has taste.

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  8. AminoAcid Brown Belt

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    Top 15th all time.
     
  9. UnTrust Brown Belt

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    That's just an insane statement. I'm no Kobe fan at all but he's definitely one of the greatest players to ever play the game!
     
  10. Quinton Fields Banned Banned

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    Kobe is about to get an insane amount of hate from the Rousey haters. They're mad that she isn't showing any signs of being forgotten, maybe after Holly starches her again.
     
  11. UnTrust Brown Belt

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    It is so very beautiful. Watching it just never gets old...ever. It should be obligatory in every thread ;) May the just bleed gods bless us with an even more brutal one the next go round!
     
  12. HaulParris Gold Belt

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    His accomplishments on the court are notable, his alleged rape deplorable.
     
  13. sidecheckkick Double Yellow Card Double Yellow Card

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    Takedown Tate is next
     
  14. Emporio Alnino 1152

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    its a beautiful thing watching the lakers franchise and his chucking ass suffer too.
     
  15. Bend NvR Break Order to Chaos. Chaos to Order.

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    Kobe trying to hit that.
     
  16. Toco Steel Belt

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    eh, the problem is that ronda seems to have learned shit
    kobe can fuck anyone. if thats really flying through his mind he needs to wake up quickly
     
  17. ThePunisher Forum vigilante

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    I literally hate that phrase: "it's a beautiful thing."

    And it usually comes from these "fake humble" type of athletes. I'm not saying that the following athletes have said it, but it feels like something like a Ray Lewis would say, something that a Draymond Green would say, or a Richard Sherman.

    Just these empty, nebulous phrases that they came up with to sound pseudo-intellectual, but literally means nothing, and is almost contradictory.

    They should stick to what they're good at in life. Playing with balls. Articulating their thoughts may prove all too challenging.
     
  18. bish0p2004 Orange Belt

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    Lol what kind of bs logic is that?

    Are you one of those "listen and believe" types?
     
  19. Klippy Purple Belt

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    Man.. people say some stupid shit on the internet.
     
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    It was a beautiful kick.
     

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