Ronda Rousey Says Paul Walker Death Reason For Awkward TUF 18 Finale Moments
People have been turned off by Ronda Rousey’s actions as of late, stemming from her confrontational and sometimes downright rude actions on The Ultimate Fighter 18. She’s tossed insult after insult at competing coach Miesha Tate, including middle fingers and all sorts of colorful, bleeped-out names. For her part, Miesha seemed to rise above Ronda’s actions, never really biting when Ronda would fish for a reaction.
The culmination of this tete-a-tete was an interview this past month featuring Ronda, Miesha and commentator Jon Anik. During the three-minute interview, Ronda was obviously wanting to be somewhere else, and continued to look off-camera (pictured), fidget in her seat, look miserable, and give short, blunt answers to any questions that came her way.
Some viewers were very vocal about Ronda’s actions, calling her immature, unprofessional and a myriad of other adjectives. And although most people believed Ronda was acting this way because of Miesha’s close proximity to her, she explained to MMAJunkie that it wasn’t Miesha at all.
“The whole day I was just being instigated by everybody and I was tired of being instigated,” Rousey said. “I was being forced into situations where people were trying to instigate me.”
Unfortunately, news of actor Paul Walker’s tragic death came to light the very day of the TUF 18 finale, and subsequent interview… an actor that Ronda had spent time with while filming “Fast & The Furious”.
“I just got back from ‘Fast and Furious’ and all day, every single person who walked up to me was like ‘Oh my god, did you hear? Paul Walker died,’” Rousey recalled. “It was like a piece of gossip and they couldn’t wait. They were hoping they would be the first one to tell me so they could see my reaction first, and I was just really disgusted with everyone’s behavior about that the whole night.”
On top of the terrible news she received (and the deplorable actions of these people who approached her with the news), Ronda was heavily invested in the fights themselves, which saw four of her team members fight on the main card, with only one fighter coming out victorious.
“I’m happy for Jessamyn [Duke], but Peggy [Morgan] lost, and I was heartbroken for her, then I saw Davey [Grant] and Jessica [Rakoczy] lose and I was heartbroken for them, too,” Rousey said. “That’s what was bugging me the most, was what my kids were going through and how just insensitively people were treating the tragedy and what happened to Paul and his family.”
Chadwick’s analysis: I’m one of the countless fans who were completely and utterly turned off by Ronda’s actions, this past season of TUF. While you could tell that Miesha was being intentionally passive, almost to bait Ronda into becoming more and more irate, Ronda could have been a bigger person about it, and stopped with the childish actions. She’s a professional athlete, and one of the most important female athletes in quite some time, and she needs to carry herself with more than a modicum of dignity. That being said, I can completely understand her being upset, and I feel terrible about what she was going through at the time. But in the future, she needs to either explain to everyone what is troubling her, or she needs to bury it for the three minutes she’s conducting an interview and get it done. It’s not fair to the other interviewers and interviewees to be subjected to that.