She laughs, but contrary to what many would think, winning an Olympic medal does not guarantee you once the applause has subsided. For Rousey, there was no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and that brings to mind the Cuban Olympic gold medalist boxer Joel Casamayor, who received a bike for winning his medal. He sold it so his family could eat.
So Rousey, for all the photo shoots and media exposure these days, got nothing on his way to his first title defense this Saturday night in Anaheim against Liz Carmouche. This does not mean that there will be no little touches and ignorant comments along the way, like the one she received during the preparation for the main event of UFC 157.
“There was an interview where a guy said I don’t act like a woman,” said Rousey, who pointed out that due to a certain part of her body, she was more able to talk about it. what a woman really is than her interviewer. This practically stopped this line of questioning.
“I doubt it will ever appear,” she says with a laugh. It is the laughter of an athlete who passed right by the rising star designation and became a celebrity in the space of a few well-placed armbands. Rousey’s rise was unlike anything that had been seen in MMA for a long time, if ever, and no one was more surprised than the fighter herself.
“I was a little surprised,” she said. “I thought after the fight against Cyborg (Santos) it would be when things got so crazy, so I was a little surprised that it started the day after the fight against Miesha (Tate).”
It shouldn’t be. After a long period of preparation for combat, Rousey dazzled the bantamweight champion of Strikeforce, subduing the brave Tutsi with an armband that was difficult to monitor for his brutal purpose. And by the time Rousey left Columbus, Ohio in March 2012, a star had been born, and everyone wanted to talk to Ronda about “Rowdy”.
This type of request can do a couple of things. It can make a fighter believe their press clippings, it can make them neglect the hard work that brought them there, or in the case of Rousey, it could force them to plan, prioritize and manage life under spotlight while finding it it’s time to hit the gym as hard, if not harder, than before.