The Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm fight was one of those moments in sports where it didn’t seem like real life as it was unfolding. It was six minutes of domination for Holm but it felt like such a blur. This is certainly not the end of Ronda Rousey as even the greatest fighters of all time have suffered defeats. But much of her mystique and aura of invincibility has been erased.
Now, let’s keep in mind that the point of this article is NOT to pile on after a loss. This was going to get written regardless of the UFC 193 outcome. Rousey’s case is a paradox because on paper, she’s the perfect role model. Look at the facts, she single-handedly transcended the sport. She’s the reason why women are in the UFC. She also had the guts to fully invest herself in MMA even though women’s fighting was completely taboo at the time. But there are also things about her that make her an atrocious role model. There have been instances where she’s been obnoxious, hypocritical, and even downright delusional. All these negative tendencies were on display during her stint as a coach on “The Ultimate Fighter.” She really came off as erratic and unstable and even cited in her book that it was one of the most embarrassing ordeals in her life.
She’s one of a kind…but man, she has said some dumb things and has given us plenty of ammunition to work with. Let’s have a look at 10 of the dumbest things Ronda Rousey has ever said.
10. Holly Holm Weigh-In Incident
Rousey was irate that Holm put her hands up at her at the weigh-ins and acted as though she had nothing to do with it. Her instagram read the following: “Fake ass cheap shotting fake respect fake humility b*tch – “preacher’s daughter my ass” – I see through your fake sweet act now – you’re getting your ass kicked tomorrow, and I’m really going to enjoy the beating I give you #andSTILL”.
She seems to forget that she was the one that instigated the whole thing by choosing to basically charge Holly Holm after getting off the scale. We can surmise that aggressive behaviour by Ronda is perfectly acceptable in her world, but when someone else does it, it makes them a “fake ass cheap shotting fake humility b*tch”.
9. “Laughing At Her Pain”
Ah yes, we go back to the set of The Ultimate Fighter for this one. As viewers, we listened to Team Rousey’s #1 pick Shayna Baszler rant and rave about how she was above everyone else in the competition, and even stuck the “queen of spades” card in Julianna Pena’s shirt during the weigh in, because it’s “the death card.”
Pena ended up scoring an upset win over Baszler via submission in the second round. Miesha Tate was obviously thrilled that her fighter got the win, so she gave Pena a big hug and congratulated her…nothing out of the ordinary here! It was pretty much what any coach does after a fighter gets a win. Rousey lost her mind and was absolutely incensed that Tate was “laughing at her fighter’s pain” and proceeded to get in Tate’s face about it. Keep in mind, when Ronda’s fighters won, she reacted in exactly the same manner.
8. They Edited TUF To Make Her Look Like The Villain
While we’re at it, let’s assess exactly why Rousey came off looking so bad on The Ultimate Fighter. It was pretty severe as she was met with a chorus of boo’s on her walk to the octagon for the Miesha Tate fight (the boo’s only intensified after the fight when she refused to shake Tate’s hand). The once fan favorite Rousey seemingly became “a villain” overnight. She had this to say: “They edited as they pleased and, you know, they needed a villain and they made me fill that role”.
First and foremost, Rousey’s assertion that they went out of their way makes no sense. In what parallel universe would the UFC go out of their way to make the face of the company look like the villain? If anything, they would have strongly preferred for Tate to be the heel.
The editing team did not magically make Rousey tell Tate and her coaching staff to go “F*** themselves” after they went to shake her hand after a fight during the competition. The editing team also did not magically make her scream: “F*** you, b*tch!” and flip off Tate after she won the coaches challenge. The way she came off was a direct correlation to her childish behaviour and had nothing to do with editing.
7. Rousey’s Thoughts on GSP
Her thoughts on the greatest welterweight of all-time are a bit ludicrous, to say the least: “If GSP wasn’t really good-looking, and really Canadian, he would be really unknown”.
Sweet merciful crap, where do we start?! I guess from the top.
The fact that he’s good-looking definitely helps his marketability, but ultimately the prime demographic of UFC fans is predominantly young males in the 18-34 age bracket. The fact that he’s good looking doesn’t make all that much of a difference in terms of fan support. We also have to ponder as to what exactly “really Canadian” means? GSP is from Quebec, the black sheep of Canada. If there was such a thing as “really Canadian”, it would definitely not be a Quebecer.
Most importantly, his record speaks for itself. Someone who held the belt for over 5 years, and had 9 title defences would never be considered “unknown” regardless of how they look or where they are from. This is just food for thought, but why even bother talking about St-Pierre in a negative light when he never said anything bad about her? She was simply instigating for no reason.
6. Calling Out Bryan Caraway For No Reason
This one goes way back to 2012 when Rousey and Tate were slated to fight for the first time in Strikeforce. The two were trading barbs back and forth, but it started to get really personal when Rousey, out of nowhere and unprovoked, claimed that she could beat up both Tate and her boyfriend (UFC bantamweight Bryan Caraway). There was really no reason to even bring him up, her and Caraway didn’t have an issue at this point and she was being antagonistic for no reason.
Caraway then responded by tweeting to a fan that he’d punch Ronda’s teeth down her throat. Rousey was all “up and arms” about this. But why? It was a confrontation that she instigated, and Caraway merely responded. This isn’t a point to make Caraway look like a hero either, tweeting to a fan that he’d “punch her teeth down her throat” probably isn’t the best way to respond to being called out. But once again, it was another situation instigated by Ronda and getting all pouty about it when she was met with a response.
5. Comments About Cain Velasquez
A Spanish newspaper called “Hoy Newspaper” jokingly asked Rousey how she would fair in the octagon against Heavyweight Champion (at the time) Cain Velasquez. A ridiculous question met with an even more ridiculous answer (kind of fitting). Rousey very seriously answered: “In any given moment, under the right circumstances, I think it is possible. You cannot tell me that it is physically impossible. It is possible that in any given moment I could beat him. I simply believe in my possibilities.”
Well Ronda, there’s some biological factors here. Forget about the girl vs. boy debate, a UFC bantamweight would get absolutely slaughtered against a UFC heavyweight (let alone the champion). A heavyweight is almost exactly twice the size in weight of a bantamweight, so we’re going to go out on a limb and say that it is physically impossible.
4. Her Views On Posing Nude
It was very odd for Rousey’s mother to not show up to her fight against Holly Holm. Her mom has been a constant in her life, dating back to her Judo days. There’s clearly some friction between the two of them, but they do have a close relationship. In regards to the issue of posing nude, Rousey cited her mom’s words: “she said, look, whatever pictures you put out there are gonna be out there forever, so just think that one day your 12 or 13 year old son or daughter is going to see those pictures. So, whatever I’m not going to show on the beach, I’m not gonna show in a magazine”.
Well that’s just fine an dandy, because she posed nude for ESPN “Body Issue” later that year. Rousey has also been highly critical of “Octagon Girls” posing nude in the past, so it’s more than a wee bit hypocritical on her part. As her nemesis Miesha Tate said: “It’s not okay to talk crap about the ring girls, and then get 1% less naked, and say it’s ok”.
3. She Would Be Willing “To Die” In The Octagon
More red flags went up about Ronda’s mental state when she maintained that she’d be willing to die in the octagon. She made this comment weeks before her tilt with Sara McMann: “I’m willing to die out there and she can’t”. The comment seemed a bit off the wall, but she echoed the same sentiments in her autobiography “My Fight, Your Fight”. She talks about how she’d rather die than taste the agony of defeat.
It’s just a stupid comment on so many levels. Almost all the greatest fighters have tasted defeat at some point. It’s the true testament of a champion if they can pick themselves back up and win the belt again. Georges St-Pierre did it, and even maintained that the loss was the best thing that ever happened to him. The greatest boxer of all time Muhammad Ali also did it against Joe Frazier, beating him twice.
Ronda Rousey lost at UFC 193, is she asserting that she’d rather be dead than get another crack at Holly Holm? This article has thrown some barbs at Rousey, but she’s way too much of a competitor and way too good of a fighter to not want another kick at the can.
2. Domestic Violence
In her book, she also details a domestic violence incident with an ex boyfriend who she nicknamed “Snappers McCreepy.” Now, this guy seemed like a real piece of work, for the record. She found out that he was secretly taking nude photos of her and saving them on his computer. When she discovered this, she was obviously furious. She maintains that he was blocking the door and wouldn’t let her leave so she promptly assaulted him: “I punched him in the face with a straight right, then a left hook. He staggered back and fell against the door. I slapped him with my right hand, he still wouldn’t move. Then I grabbed him by the neck of his hoodie, kneed him in the face and tossed him aside on the kitchen floor.” Her reasoning was: “Legally, if someone blocks your exit, it’s considered kidnapping”.
There’s a double standard here. Rousey was arguably (up until last week) the most lethal female on the planet and she full-on assaulted him. If we reverse the situation here and a bantamweight male’s exit was being blocked, does it give him the right to slap, punch and knee his girlfriend?
1. Comments On Floyd Mayweather
Can Rousey actually beat Mayweather? She’s long maintained that she would beat him very soundly. But here’s the qualm, she wouldn’t actually be willing to step up and do it. As quick as she was to assert that she could take Mayweather, no problem. She also said that she would never fight a man under any circumstance: “Fights are going to go both ways. You’re going to see both people hitting each other. I don’t think we should celebrate a man hitting a woman in any kind of setting.”
That is true, but if that’s how she feels then why bother throwing it out there that you can beat him up? If you’re not willing to actually do it, then it’s about as credible as Bart Simpson saying: “I can do that, but I don’t want to.”
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