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GSP optimistic about Rousey: Loss could be 'best thing that ever happened to her'

Georges St-Pierre offers Ronda Rousey some words of encouragement after her knockout loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193.

Former welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre knows a thing or two about upset losses. The Canadian fighter was on the receiving end of a shocking KO from massive underdog Matt Serra at UFC 169.  It was GSP's first 170 lbs. title defense and "Rush" was expected to breeze past Serra and reign over the division.

Former female pound for pound #1 Ronda Rousey finds herself in a similar predicament after losing to Holly Holm last Saturday at UFC 193, and Georges has come to her aid.

"It's unfortunate for Ronda but I'm happy for Holly in the same time," St-Pierre told Sportsnet. "In this game, no one's invincible. Sometimes you zig when you should zag."

"I needed to beat a lot of my own demons, a lot of my fear," said St-Pierre. "And I came back stronger. So in a way for Ronda it's sad that she lost, but maybe it could be the best thing that ever happened to her, in that she will come back much stronger.

"It taught me what it takes to become world champion. And when I lost to Matt Serra, it taught me what it takes to stay world champion."

After losing to Serra, St-Pierre rebounded with a dominant win over Josh Koscheck and reclaimed the welterweight title against Matt Hughes at UFC 79. The 34-year-old went on to rule the throne for six years and defended his championship 10 times. Georges announced that he would be vacating the belt and taking a break from MMA after he edged out Johny Hendricks in 2013.

Rousey, 28, had never tasted defeat in the Octagon prior to UFC 193 and had finished all but one of her fights in the 1st round. The Olympic bronze medalist has kept a low profile since losing to Holm but assured fans that she'll be back in the future.