“I come from a very assertive family of very independent women, and when I trained when I was a child, I came across a lot of these fighting houses where I hung out with all the men in their twenties I was about 13 years old, ”said Rousey. “So I always had a little more humor and rapport with my teammates, and that was accompanied by very empowered and educated women in my family, and it sort of changed in my way of introduce myself today, which, I admit, is not very normal, but I don’t think it’s a bad thing. “
This is not the case, and despite all the attention paid to her appearance and her frank views of the world in and out of sport, the result is clear – she can fight, she can hurt you, and nobody has found the solution for her puzzle so far. Rousey doesn’t believe Tate will either.
“I think the style of fighter I would have a problem with would be a very high quality striker with very good footwork and a defense against withdrawal,” said Rousey. “While she (Tate) is a wrestler with decent submissions, but she doesn’t have better dismounts than I do, she doesn’t have better submissions than I do, I’m much more used to fighting wrestlers than “it is not against judo players, and most of their victories have been by decision or submission. There is no way they can submit to me, and if they just hope to last 25 minutes without to be submitted by me and win by decision, I think it’s just ridiculous. I never take a fight that I don’t think I can win, and I think this fight is extremely winnable for me, and I think she knows it too, which is why she has resisted the idea from the very start. “
Forgive the use of the UFC slogan, but it is “as real as possible”. And that can be in stark contrast to the way Rousey was before he went on the world stage as a judo player. In an interview before her debut with Strikeforce last August, she told me that “I couldn’t even speak in full sentences until I was six. I was very shy, and throughout high school, I wore loose clothes every day just to cover my arms because I was just embarrassed. The self-confidence that people see in me now has grown over time. It didn’t come to me from the start. This is mainly due to the good sports performance. I felt that if I was amazing in something, I was actually a cool person and I should think more about myself. It’s something about medals – having a tangible thing to hold in your hand is like “oh look, I’m great.” “
At that time, the world was already figuring out what she had brought to the world of judo, and as soon as she moved to MMA in 2010, it just took off, Rousey drawing the attention of Jon Jones for a sport that is still growing. Her mother and sisters are undoubtedly proud of her, but the one who would probably have been the most radiant would be her father Ron, who tragically took his life when his daughter was only eight years old.
Afflicted with Bernard-Soulier syndrome, a rare blood disease that prevented him from healing properly, Ronda’s father saw his back deteriorate to the point that he was told that he only had two years left to live, and instead of his family watching him die, he took charge. But before he died, he gave her the tools she needed to succeed.
“I was raised with the mentality that if you are going to do something, you are going to do it to be the best,” she said last year. “Since I was little, my father told me that if you are going to swim and you are going to swim, you will win the Olympic Games in swimming. And I went from swimming to judo, and I was like I was in judo, I’m going to be a judo player and I’m going to win the Olympic games in judo. And when I moved to MMA, I have completely the same intention. So it’s not a big change for me; I’m just trying to follow the same trend that I’ve been trying to follow since I was a kid. “