It Feels Great To Be In Love With Ronda Rousey

It Feels Great To Be In Love With Ronda Rousey

It Feels Great To Be In Love With Ronda Rousey

David Williams / Contributor

During a recent interview on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Ronda Rousey discussed the impact boyfriend Travis Browne had in helping her recover from the first loss of her career at UFC 193 to Holly Holm.

Rousey told host Ellen DeGeneres that her immediate thoughts went to suicide directly following the loss to Holm. But those were quickly fleeting as she saw Browne, who was in Australia to support her at the event.

“To be honest, I looked up and I saw my man, Travis, was standing there,” Rousey said on the show. “And I looked up to him and I was like, ‘I need to have his babies. I need to stay alive.’ Really, that was it. I haven’t told anybody that. I’ve only told him.”   

Speaking extensively for the first time on his relationship with Rousey, Browne, a partner with Activ8Media, said simply being there for Rousey in a critical moment is what mattered most to him. 

“I was there to support her in any way I could, just like any man would do for his woman,” Browne said. “It’s pretty simple. There’s no magic in it. We go through those dark times and we need someone to lean on. I hate the fact that she had to go through that dark time, but like she said, it happened for a reason and there’s a great purpose. This is our story and this is our life, and I would go through hell and back for her.

“It means a lot that somebody would look at me in that way, especially Ronda. She’s such a sweetheart. She’s a great fighter and athlete and a big movie star, but what impresses me most is the woman that she is. She is who she is 100 percent of the time and I really respect that about her, just the woman she is and that’s what I love most about her.”

Browne noted the support system between the couple has been incredible, especially with the spotlight surrounding them.

Rousey’s acting and fighting success has made her one of the most popular athletes/entertainers in the world, while Browne has enjoyed his own success in the UFC’s heavyweight division. 

But Browne and Rousey have managed to keep the bulk of their relationship private, something that has been important to both of them. So while it may seem the spotlight is bright, Browne said they haven’t really noticed it. 

“Honestly, I don’t look at it as going through a lot,” Browne said. “There’s a perception that people have and they don’t see our real relationship and, honestly, they don’t see how wonderful it is. The way that we handle it is by being in the moment with each other. It’s a relationship between Ronda and myself, and we keep it that way. We don’t go outside of that and we don’t care what other people think. We’re there for each other and that’s it.”

Having a strong support system is something that is important for any fighter, with Browne mentioning the massive highs and disappointing lows that come with wins and losses.

Rousey’s popularity only amplifies that, but navigating the ebbs and flows of a fight career has been much more positive and fulfilling with each other’s support.

“Obviously we love each other and I’m just glad I could be there for her,” Browne said. “That’s what a partner is there for. They are there for support whenever you need them, for good times and bad. We dedicate our lives for this sport and I’m glad I could be there for her and show her that support.”