By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA
UFC women’s bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey, spoke with ESPN recently- not about becoming the first woman to fight and win in the UFC, not about being the first women’s UFC champion or the first female coach of the reality television show ‘The Ultimate Fighter,’ and not even about being the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in Judo. Instead, Rousey spoke to ESPN about what it’s like to be an athlete with boobs.
Of course the issue has followed Rousey from her entrance to mixed martial arts. She stated before her fight with Miesha Tate for the Strikeforce title that her biggest fear was a wardrobe malfunction. In her UFC debut against Liz Carmouche, Rousey was forced to battle Carmouche off her back while trying at the same time to keep her top on. The result was a plethora of online gif’s and MMA discussion boards that are probably still not off the topic of Rousey’s chest.
“When someone’s on your back trying to rip your head off, things tend to slip around a bit,” Rousey told ESPN. When Rousey tried adjusting her top, Carmouche was able to further cinch her choke, forcing the champion to focus on breaking the hold “so she wouldn’t snap my neck in half.”
Rousey ultimately grappled Carmouche off her back and to the ground, then proceeded to readjust her clothes. The change in focus gave Carmouche a mental lapse on which to capitalize.
“I got kicked straight in the chest right as I was trying to adjust my bra.”
The issue is something that has followed female athletes as long as they have been competing. Arguments have been made for both sides of the question on whether or not female anatomy inhibits performance. Rousey herself commented on this, saying that “The bigger my chest is, the more it gets in the way… It just creates space. It makes me much more efficient if I don’t have so much in the way between me and my opponent.”
Of course, that’s not to say that women with curvy physiques are at a disadvantage. Rousey pointed to the first star of women’s MMA, Gina Carano.
“Gina Carano was an amazing fighter, and she had a fantastic rack,” said Rousey. But that comes with a caveat, as Rousey was quick to add that, “You don’t see big titties in the Olympics, and I think that’s for a reason.”Tags: Gina Carano, mma, MMA NEWS, Ronda Rousey, ufc, ufc news