Rousey motivated by pain of Olympic bronze medal

2008 Olympic bronze medal winner

While many look at Ronda Rousey’s Olympic bronze medal as an incredible accomplishment, the undefeated UFC women’s bantamweight champion looks at it as a source of motivation every time she steps into the Octagon.

She spoke about her Olympic medal during the UFC 193 media day scrum at Glendale Fight Club.

“I still get (motivation) from never winning the Olympics.”

“That was my childhood dream and I spent my whole life in pursuit of that. And I had to give that up. I had to really come to terms that it wasn’t going to happen. And I’ve always really been heartbroken by that.

“But in a way I’m grateful because I feel that if I did win the Olympics then I wouldn’t have the never-ending source of motivation that I have today.”

“Every time I defend my title it’s another chance to redeem myself. But it’s never quite an Olympic gold medal. And that’s how I stay I motivated.”

Rousey will face Holly Holm at UFC 193 on November 14th, and look to continue her unbeaten streak. See an extended trailer for the event by clicking THIS LINK.

– Transcription via Agence France-Presse