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Ronda Rousey battled depression after Olympics

Ronda RouseyRonda Rousey is the UFC women’s bantamweight champion and considered one of the toughest women in the world. Not only is she a world champion in MMA, but she is also one of the best in the world in judo. But as tough as she is, even Rousey is not immune to depression.

In a short called “Rowdy Ronda Rousey” for ESPN’s Nine for IX documentary series, Rousey says she battled depression after winning a bronze medal in judo at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing.

“The uncertainty after the Olympics was really hard. Because after the high of having a medal, I fell into a deep depressions of not having any goals. I just kind of felt like I was done with judo. And judo wasn’t making me happy anymore, so I had to figure something out,” Rousey recalls in the film.

“I remember going into MMA gyms and boxing gyms and feeling kind of embarrassed and out of place and not really welcomed and not taken seriously. I would be super self-conscious and I would be envious of the kind of respect that I saw some of the guys in the gym receiving.”

The film will not debut on ESPNW until July 28, but ESPN played that clip from it on “SportsCenter” Thursday.

Rousey has come a long way since those times. She made her MMA debut in Aug. 2010 and in less than two years became the Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight champion. She was so impressive in building a name for herself that Dana White brought her into the UFC a few months later. Now she will be fighting Alexis Davis on Saturday.

It seems like Rousey is on top of the world and unbreakable, so this is a good reminder that even the best and most dominant athletes in the world have overcome a lot of adversity in their lives. We already knew that for Rousey that was overcoming the death of her father. Now we know that she also dealt with depression.

Miesha Tate: Gina Carano fighting Ronda Rousey is a joke

Miesha Tate

If you think that Gina Carano returning from five years away from MMA and getting a shot at Ronda Rousey in her first fight back is a little ridiculous, you’re not alone. Another top female fighter, Miesha Tate, feels the same way.

In an interview with MMA Junkie radio, Tate said she felt like Carano fighting Rousey right away would be “kind of a joke.”

“I really feel that it’s just kind of a joke,” Tate told MMAjunkie Radio. “It really is. Gina was a great fighter, and she’s a beautiful woman. Ronda is a great fighter, and she’s an attractive girl. But to say that Gina should be able to come in after five years of nothing and take on arguably the best female fighter ever? Come on.”

Carano hasn’t fought since August 2009 when she lost to Cyborg for her lone defeat. Rousey, on the other hand, has been fighting regularly since making her professional debut a little over three years ago. Carano has been making movies while Rousey has been mastering her sport. The two are at two completely different points in their careers.

But don’t take this to mean that Tate feels Carano is undeserving of fighting in the UFC; she just feels Carano is undeserving of an immediate title shot. Instead, she thinks Carano should face someone like her as a challenge first before getting the shot at Rousey.

Tate also knows exactly why the UFC want to do a fight between Carano and Rousey. It’s pretty obvious for anyone with eyes.

“The only thing that drives that is they’re both attractive,” Tate said. “It makes the women’s title hold no value. It makes it look like it’s a joke and they just put whatever’s going to sell. If we’re going to really legitimize women’s MMA as a sport and have it respected as a sport, then you have to treat it as such.”

I’ve said the exact same thing. There’s no way the UFC could legitimately have Carano return and fight Rousey immediately. She would need a tune-up fight first — someone she could beat — before that fight is made. But maybe the UFC does not want to risk the possibility of Carano losing a first fight and having the marquee matchup between Gina and Ronda go away.

MMA apparel company offers $5k to fighter who knocks out Ronda Rousey

Ronda RouseyMMA apparel company Americana MMA wants to see Ronda Rousey have her head handed to her so badly that they’re offering a $5,000 bonus to the fighter who knocks her out.

Americana MMA issued the offer after being incensed by Rousey’s recent negative comments about Cyborg Justino, whom Rousey called an “it.”

They posted the following to their Twitter and Facebook accounts after seeing Rousey’s comments:

Though I first thought that they were offering the money for publicity, my opinion has changed; they genuinely seem to be upset with Rousey and want to see her lose. They even said they declined an interview about the story.

But there is one twist; somehow the story was turned around and people began thinking Americana MMA offering a bounty to anyone who knocked out Rousey. They had to issue this clarification:

“I really can’t believe that some people are stupid enough to think that we placed a bounty on Ronda Rousey and that any random person can physically harm her to win $5K. Let’s make this clear for those of you that don’t understand. The offer was made for a professionally sanctioned fight between professional fighters; be it Alexis Davis, Cat Zingano or anybody else scheduled to fight her in the future. We don’t condone random acts of violence so put your bats away.”

Chalk this up as another victory for Miss Rousey. She knows how to play that villain/bad girl role to perfection. It’s natural for her. And she’s so darn good, I don’t think Americana will have to worry about handing out that prize money.

H/T Bloody Elbow

Ronda Rousey rips Cyborg, calls her an ‘it’

Ronda Rousey Cyborg Santos

Ronda Rousey has made it clear over the past few years that she does not like Cris Cyborg Justino, and in case you weren’t aware, she cemented that point a few days ago.

Rousey talked with Yahoo! Sports’ Kevin Iole Friday about some of her potential opponents. Rousey is scheduled to fight Alexis Davis on July 5, but the her potential fights are much more intriguing. Those would be against three people who aren’t even in the UFC — Cyborg, Gina Carano and Holly Holm.

Though Rousey had praise for Carano and showed interest in facing Holm, she ripped Cyborg. Rousey also said that while she is willing to face Cyborg, she does not agree with the steroids cheat being promoted by the organization.

“I’ve said before, I don’t care if she’s injecting horse semen into her eyeballs, I’ll fight her, but that’s just my personal decision,” Rousey told Iole. “But I can’t make a decision for the whole division. I can’t say it’s the right thing. This girl has been on steroids for so long and [has been] injecting herself for so long that she’s not even a woman anymore. She’s an ‘it.’ It’s not good for the women’s division. It’s not good at all.

“If she comes in the UFC and I beat the [expletive] out of her and then I retire and become an action movie star, then the UFC is still going to be stuck with her. The division could die. She could ruin the whole sport. Even though it’s a fight a lot of people want to see, even if I beat the living crap out of her, it won’t be good for the sport because then she’d still be in the UFC.

“I really think with Cyborg taking all of those steroids and hormones and then going into the cage, it’s like going in with a weapon. It’s certainly very negligent, but it’s also criminal. I believe, it really is. Promoting her would be promoting that act and I think it would be wrong in every way.”

Cyborg was busted for using stanozolol prior to her Dec. 2011 fight with Hiroko Yamanaka. She’s defended herself by saying that she is naturally muscular and that’s it, if you can believe that.

Rousey says the UFC should have a zero-tolerance policy for cheaters like the Olympics.

And here’s another interesting tidbit from Rousey: not only does she say it would be an honor to fight Carano, but she and her coach also believe the actress would be a tougher opponent than Cyborg. I definitely disagree with that notion.

I do have to say that it’s pretty darn awesome that Rousey is willing to fight Cyborg even though she believes the woman is on steroids. It truly shows how confident and fearless she is, and that’s awesome. That’s exactly why fans love her. In many ways, she embodies the spirit of a true champion.

Previously: Rousey to Cyborg – you don’t just have a dick, you are a dick!

Glove touch to Bloody Elbow

Joe Rogan thinks Ronda Rousey would beat Floyd Mayweather

Ronda RouseyUFC commentator Joe Rogan believes that Ronda Rousey would beat Floyd Mayweather if the two were to fight.

Rogan was a guest on ESPN2′s “SportsNation” Tuesday and was asked about the hypothetical matchup between the women’s MMA champ and undefeated boxer — a topic that became a popular discussion a few months ago.

Rogan broke down the fight and explained why he thinks Rousey would win.

“It’s all about how much time Floyd has to prepare, because he will really have to work on his takedown defense. That would be the big thing,” said Rogan. “If Ronda got a clinch on him, it’s not just about worrying about being taken down to the ground, it’s worrying about knees to the body. It is worrying about her manipulating his body in ways that he doesn’t understand.”

Rogan said it would take six months to a year of Floyd training with the best trainers in the world to get his grappling to a point where he would be able to contend with Rousey. He also said point-blank when asked that he thought Rousey would win the fight.

“It’s too hard to avoid the clinch. If you watch a Floyd Mayweather fight, they very rarely end in a one-punch knockout. He has brittle hands. His hands break. You are talking about small gloves where hands are going to break even easier. She keeps her chin tucked, hands high and gets a hold of you. There is going to be a lot of things she is doing that he doesn’t understand.”

Rogan was very measured with his analysis of the hypothetical, saying that he only believes Rousey would win that fight now. He allowed that Mayweather could win a fight between them in the future if he had time to train in MMA.

Though some people think this is an absurd thing to say, I agree with everything Rogan said. Boxing is only one discipline of MMA, and it’s not the most effective one in a fight where everything else is allowed. Once an MMA fighter gets a takedown on a boxer, it’s game over. And I think Rousey would be able to get a takedown and beat an untrained Floyd.

Glove touch to Bloody Elbow

Ronda Rousey takes another shot at Arianny Celeste

Ronda RouseyIn between complaining about the media sensationalizing some of her recent comments, Ronda Rousey took a shot at UFC ring girl Arianny Celeste, ensuring that she would once again make some headlines for her actions.

The tension between Rousey and Celeste began in 2012 when Rousey joked that it would have been nice to rank higher than the Octagon girl in Maxim’s Hot 100. She also took a general shot at all ring girls in another interview that year by saying they don’t have talent.

In a recent interview with MMA Junkie Radio, Celeste responded and said she didn’t like the way Rousey carries herself.

While meeting with the media prior to UFC 171 on Saturday, Rousey brought up Celeste’s comments.

“Like that whole Arianny thing. Those comments from the Maxim thing, that was from like 12 months ago. Did it just take her a year to come up with a comeback? Like why is this coming up now?” Rousey said.

Rousey then was asked how she felt about Celeste’s comments, and she decided to mock the Octagon girl’s intelligence.

“They made grammatical sense, which is good for her,” Rousey said, then laughed.

Rousey clearly just cannot help herself. And she wonders why she remains in the headlines or is a central figure for some of this stuff?

[Related: Chael Sonnen mocks Arianny Celeste's IQ]

And for the record, the reason why Celeste responded a year later was because it came up during an interview. Rousey should know just as well as anyone that many times headlines are made when people are asked questions, not because they volunteer stuff.

H/T Busted Coverage

Ronda Rousey would move up to 145 to fight Gina Carano

Ronda RouseyRumors have been floating about a potential Ronda Rousey-Gina Carano fight ever since UFC commentator Joe Rogan went on the radio and teased a big announcement involving Rousey.

While we have no idea if Carano, who last fought in 2009 before pursuing an acting career, would have any interest in returning to the fight game, we do know that Rousey would be willing to make a special weight concession for Carano that she would not make for anyone else.

“To fight her would be a real honor and I think that’d be a milestone for the sport. But, I mean, you can’t fight for anyone but yourself. I wouldn’t want her to fight for any other reason than if she wants to fight. It’s a personal decision for everyone,” Rousey said Friday in Dallas via MMA Fighting.com.

“There are exceptions that I would make for Gina that I wouldn’t make for anyone else,” Rousey said.

The implication is that she would move up to 145 to fight Carano. Rousey normally fights at 135 and has said that she would not go to 145 even to fight Cristiane Justos, who is coming off a steroids suspension and considered to be the top other women’s fighter.

If Rousey does not end up fighting Carano, a possible match with Cyborg looms. Cyborg has been dying for the fight and even cut ties with former manager Tito Ortiz in order to increase the likelihood of a match happening; UFC boss Dana White does not get along with Ortiz, so his involvement with Cyborg was an impediment.

The other strong possibility for Rousey’s next fight would be Cat Zingano. Rousey was originally slated to face Zingano, but Cat injured her knee and had to pull out of their fight. Instead, a rematch between Rousey and Miesha Tate was arranged. Zingano had previously beaten Tate to earn the shot at Rousey, so most believe she would give Rousey more of a challenge.

White has recently said that Rousey will not be fighting again until the fall.