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Ronda Rousey doesn’t regret opening up about her suicidal thoughts.Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Ronda Rousey doesn’t regret opening up about her suicidal thoughts.

Ronda Rousey is surprised by the backlash she’s received for admitting to having suicidal thoughts after her knockout loss to Holly Holm, but the MMA fighter hopes to help erase the stigma that surrounds discussing suicide.

“There’s a history of suicide in my family — my dad and his father both took their lives, and I think suicide’s the No. 1 killer of young teens,” Rousey said in video posted by TMZ.

“There’s been an overly negative light on that, and it’s something real people are going through, not something, like a weakness, that we should condemn,” she added.

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In November, Rousey took a kick to the face from Holm that sent her to the canvas in the secound round of their fight and suffered the first loss of her career.

Three months later, Rousey told Ellen DeGeneres that at the time, she had wondered if she could go on with her life.

“I was literally sitting there and thinking about killing myself and that exact second I’m like, ‘I’m nothing, what do I do anymore and no one gives a s–t about me anymore without this,’ ” a tearful Rousey said.

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Holly Holm lands a kick to the neck to knock out Ronda Rousey.PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images

Holly Holm lands a kick to the neck to knock out Ronda Rousey.

Rousey doesn’t regret opening up during the interview: “Anything I can do to make sure that it affects as few people as possible, I’d be happy to do that. I don’t see why it’s looked at as a bad thing.”

Holm will fight Miesha Tate during UFC 196 on March 5, and Rousey actually hopes the woman who knocked her out wins.

“I need her to win,” Rousey said. “I want to be the one to beat her. I don’t want anyone else to take the honor of beating her besides myself.”

If Holm is victorious, Rousey is expected to fight her in a rematch later this year.

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