Ronda Rousey on TUF 18: “I Coached, Miesha Did Her Hair”
Consistently unapologetic about her portrayal on the most recent season of the UFC’s hit reality-television show, ‘The Ultimate Fighter,’ UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey spoke out about her performance as a coach, saying that her priorities were less about her public image and more about helping her fighters.
By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA
It seemed like every week, fans of the most recent season of the UFC’s reality-television show ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ were treated to an image of UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey flipping the bird to rival coach Miesha Tate.
It was an image indicative of the behavior that lost Rousey a number of fans over the past few months. During the airing of TUF 18, Rousey’s reception from MMA fans was undeniably tarnished by her behavior on the show toward Tate – behavior that numerous fans complained of being unprofessional and distasteful.
But if you ask Ronda Rousey about it, as many have, she will never apologize. In a recent interview with Fighters Only Magazine, Rousey addressed the question directly, admitting that she was perceived negatively but insisting her priority was coaching her fighters.
“Regardless of what everyone thinks of me and how I come off,” Rousey said about TUF 18, “everyone might think that I’m a crazy, psycho, competitive bitch – I promise you, you can go up and ask anyone who was on my team how I was as a coach, and they will 100% say I did the best I possibly could under the circumstances.
“All I thought about was them. I obsessed over them, and whereas Miesha was spending a lot more time worried that her hair looked good for every shot, I was freaking out making sure that everyone was okay.”
Another middle-finger to Miesha Tate? Possibly.
Rousey also discussed her career outside of MMA where she recently took roles in two Hollywood movies, ‘The Expendables III’ and ‘Fast & Furious 7.’ Rousey has been working alongside legendary actor Sylvester Stallone, among others, who has helped her with various speaking exercises to further develop her acting.
Of course, with a December 28th date to defend her UFC title against Miesha Tate, Rousey will have to put her acting career on hold to do finish training and preparing for the UFC’s last bout of 2013.