Ronda Rousey On Sara McMann: “She’s trying to rip away everything I worked for, and that’s not very nice.”
That might be one of the biggest understatements I could write about the women’s UFC bantamweight champion. After all, one could surmise exactly how Ronda felt about Miesha, simply by watching the two women interact for a few seconds. And even after Ronda completely dominated her arch-rival in their championship bout at UFC 168, she still couldn’t accept the olive branch Tate extended to her (in the form of a hand shake) – she opted instead to turn her back and walk away, causing the majority of the audience to shower her with boos.
Yes, if this was professional wrestling, Ronda Rousey indeed turned “heel” that night. But don’t expect that to carry into her upcoming showdown with Sara McMann, due to the simple fact that - unlike her relationship with Miesha Tate - Ronda has no dramatic history with McMann, outside of the cage.
In fact, it’s the polar opposite: they both respect the hell out of one-another, due to both women doing what precious few have ever done – medal in the Olympics. But don’t expect that respect to translate into a champion with no killer instinct.
“Regardless of how nice and saintly Sara is I worked my entire life to get what I have now. She’s still trying to rip away everything I worked for, and that’s not very nice.”, Ronda stated on the UFC 170 conference call (quotes courtesy of Bloodyelbow.com).
“It’s easy for me to focus. I live with girls that fight in my weight division, and we’ll find ways to focus if it ever comes down to us fighting each other.”, Ronda said. ”You don’t have to actually dislike the person when you enter the Octagon, you just have to empty yourself of emotion, and I’m going to be doing that when I fight Sara.”
Ronda will have to not only empty herself of emotion for the fight, but she will also have to forget her history with the challenger; most notably, the fact that McMann helped Ronda prepare for her showdown with Tate. And while she admits that it wasn’t an easy fight to take, due to their training camps spent together, Ronda changed her tune once she defeated Tate.
“At the press conference, after the Miesha fight, I was pretty much so amped up, I was super excited to get back in there,” Rousey said. “You’re in a little bit of a different mindset in the heart of camp. After that phone call with Dana I said ‘I’m totally down to do it, let me call my coach and ask him what he thinks.’ So, I called Edmond up, and he said, ‘You call Dana back and tell him we’ll f–k up any b—h he wants in February.’ So I called Dana back and gave him that exact quote, and he was pretty stoked about it.”
Considering both women’s credentials, skill level, and unbeaten MMA records, Saturday can’t get here soon enough.