After an accomplished Olympic Judo career, Ronda Rousey decided to give MMA a try and her transition has gone extremely well. Rousey has captured the attention of everyone around the sport with her deadly submissions and has yet to lose. Rousey has been so good since taking up the sport that even UFC President Dana White has been impressed, so impressed that White made her the first ever female fighter in the UFC. Rousey has the charisma, the competitiveness, the fists and the technique to go along with good looks to become a rock star in the sport. It all hinges on her performance in February though. Rousey will defend her Bantamweight Championship as the headliner at UFC 157. If she wins and impresses it could lead to more of a women’s movement in the sport.
Ronda Rousey joined Fox Sports Radio with Petros and Money to talk about how she got involved in MMA, whether there was any fighting in the negotiations between her and Dana White, what is at stake in this fight for Rousey, whether the guys have been nice to her in her transition, whether she has thought about moving to the big screen and doing movies and her comments about wanting to have sex before fights.
How she got involved in MMA:
“I was in the last two Olympics in Judo, I got a bronze in London and there’s nothing really set in place for Olympians afterward, there’s no scholarship program or job placement so. (Host: Not even at the Home Depot?) No only while you’re competing you can work at the Home Depot. I used to be a cashier there but now I don’t think they have the program anymore. Anyways I had no options and the only skill I had was throwing people down and breaking their arms and I really couldn’t put that on a resume. I decided to give the MMA thing a try and its working out.”
On the negotiations between her and Dana White to get her signed with the UFC:
“No, no, no there wasn’t very much fighting involved. They were like ‘hey do you want to be in the UFC?’ And I was like ‘hell yeah.’ I can say hell right? (Host: Yeah.) Okay I didn’t know how censored you guys were. But yeah there wasn’t much of a fight over it I was so happy to get the opportunity I just jumped at it.”
Whether she thinks more women will grow into this sport:
“It is a growing sport and I think this fight has a lot at stake. If this fight is successful then we’re going to have a hell of a lot more women. If this fight is a flop then we might not see it ever again so this is an extremely important card.”
Whether the guys in the sport are nice to her:
“Most of the guys are. Apparently Dan Henderson’s camp doesn’t think I deserve. (Host: He didn’t have flattering things to say.) No. (Host: He must be intimidated by you. I am.) I’m just saying if I was Dan Henderson and in his last fight he was dominating Shogun for three rounds and then was getting killed at the end, I wouldn’t want another five round fight, especially since he has such a long, legendary career, you wouldn’t want five round wars all the time. It just seems like a very unintelligent thing to say.”
On the lack of a future in some Olympic sports:
“No, there is no real future in it. Thank God for MMA because a lot of Olympic wrestlers and judo and any other Olympic sport, they have some sort of professional outlet to go to. They didn’t have it before. I know Olympic Champions that are taxi drivers now.”
Whether she would be interested in doing movies:
“I’ve done stunts before. Judo Gene Lebell is actually one of my coaches and to kind of pay my way a little bit in the MMA scene I was doing some odd stunt jobs on the side. I love to do stunts and if doing stunts with lines is something that comes up then. (Host: Well you’re performing fine on sportstalk radio.) My biggest concern is this fight and I’m just kind of letting everything happen organically.”
On her comments about having sex before fights:
“For women it has been well known that non-abstinence tends to raise your testosterone. (Host: Non-abstinence meaning you are engaging?) How edited am I dude? What do you want me to say? (Host: Good for you. Do you have a significant other?) That’s the problem. I’m not going to send out an ad or anything. I need to have a boyfriend of be steady or something. I don’t at the moment so I will just have to deal I guess without.”