Ronda Rousey has both inflicted and received a lot of pain in her career as a professional wrestler and mixed martial artist. But there is no training in the world that can prepare you to lose a pet.
Rousey took to her official Instagram page on Saturday afternoon to inform her 13.6 million followers that her pup Mochi had crossed the rainbow bridge. In doing so, she also includes several photos of her and Mochi together over the years.
“I’ve been avoiding writing this for a while now because I haven’t been ready to face reality yet. But Mochi is no longer with us,” Rousey said.
Rousey — the only woman ever to win a championship in both UFC and WWE — says that her beloved dog went from looking great and healthy to having sudden trouble moving around the house. So, over the Fourth of July weekend, she decided to take Mochi to the vet to get her checked out. That’s when she was given the bad news that no pet owner wants to hear.
“First thing on Monday we took her in to get checked out and found out she had two large tumors and cancer had spread to her lungs,” Rousey explained. “One of the large tumors was on her spleen and it could rupture at any moment. Which would have been a horrific and painful death for her. We decided instead of waiting for the inevitable we’d have her spend her last moments at home surrounded by her family.”
Mochi Was More Than Just a Pet to Ronda Rousey
Perhaps no one knew Ronda Rousey quite like her dog. The way the superstar fighter talks about her, it seems like the two were the best of friends. Mochi was always there to provide something even the toughest fighters in the world need. Some of those things include emotional support, a sense of security, and love.
“Until that last day I thought her morning and evening kisses and cuddles were for her — but now I know they were all for me, for us. I needed to love her. And she was always everything I needed her to be. There will never be another Mochi.”
The first female ever to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame, Ronda “Rowdy” Rousey says that she is glad to carry the burden of losing Mochi instead of it being the other way around.
“She hated seeing me cry, she would whimper and whine with me if I did,” Rousey continued. “She was the most selfless and perfect dog. I was her whole world. But as much as this hurts, if anything I’m glad I could take on the burden of losing her because if she ever lost me I’d hate for her to not understand or think I left her.”
“Thank you so much for everything Mochi baby, don’t forget I love My Mo, you’re the best good girl.”