This morning, we shared video of an extremely tense interview, during which Mike Golic made the mistake of asking new WWE star Ronda Rousey about her previous career as a professional fighter (see Golic’s undeniably clumsy attempt to get Rousey to open up on her MMA career here).
As it turns out, Rousey’s interview with Golic would not be her last ultra-tense interview of the week. In a subsequent interview with Max Kellerman of First Take, Rousey got similarly ornery when pressed about the widespread negative reaction to her MMA losses. See this uncomfortable interview above.
“I experienced a lot of people who quote ‘some people’ that are really just afraid to state their own opinion,” Rousey said, essentially accusing Kellerman of hiding his opinion behind the alleged opinions of others.
When pressed by Rousey, Kellerman assured that he did not think she was overrated, and that he was and remains her fan.
As Ryan Glasspiegel of The Big Lead points out, this assurance from Kellerman seems to be true. Well, at least partly.
Shortly after Rousey was knocked out by Holly Holm in 2015 – which marked the first loss of her storied career – Kellerman assured that she could still be called the greatest female fighter ever. When discussing the best female athletes in the world, however, he argued the Rousey discourse might have to change…
See his take below:
Ronda Rousey lost her two most recent bouts in the UFC’s Octagon, succumbing to knockouts dealt by Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes, the latter of whom currently owns the UFC women’s bantamweight title. These losses were preceded by a dominant 12-0 start to her MMA career, during which she bested names like Miesha Tate, Cat Zingano, Alexis Davis, Sara McMann, Julia Budd, Liz Carmouche and Bethe Correia. Rousey will partake in her first WWE match at WrestleMania 34 on April 8. Will you be tuning in?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 3/27/2018.