Ronda Rousey too cocky entering fight with Miesha Tate

Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey is a huge favorite entering her rematch with Miesha Tate at UFC 168 for good reason. Rousey is 7-0 and has won all seven of her fights by first-round submission. She is an armbar machine, and it was only in her most recent fight against Liz Carmouche that she looked anything less than invincible. But Rousey is too cocky entering this fight.

Rousey will be starring in “Fast & Furious 7″ and “The Expendables 3″ and has been filming scenes for both movies. Filming has been time consuming; the long hours led to Rousey getting sick, which she says rarely happens. Rousey told MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani that the reason she filmed while preparing for a fight was to further challenge herself because just beating Tate again wouldn’t have been enough. You can hear Ariel’s question about filming the movies around the 1:10 mark in the video below:

“I need to prove people wrong about something,” Rousey tells Helwani. “I can’t just have everyone think it’s a foregone conclusion [that I'm going to win]. That doesn’t do anything for me, that doesn’t get me motivated. I need to have people doubting me. And I needed to create a reason for people to doubt me because I already won the UFC title and I already beat Miesha. So I needed to come up with a way to make it even harder and more difficult for people to be like, ‘Is that even really possible?’

“I need to find a way to make sure I’m doing something that’s never been done before for every single fight because that’s the only way I’m going to fight to my fullest potential.”

Despite the balancing act, Rousey says she feels great and that she’s never felt better entering a fight.

Feeling a need to challenge yourself and creating more obstacles is nothing new for top athletes, but it’s certainly risky. Rousey is making it sound like just beating Tate again wouldn’t be enough for her. I’m not sure why she feels that is the case. What, does she want to strap one arm behind her back and see if she can win? Will she only feel satisfied if she beats Tate by hopping on one leg?

It’s a dangerous attitude for her to have, even if I still think she’ll win the fight. She needs to give Tate much more credit than that.

Ronda Rousey swears during live SportsCenter interview (Video)

Ronda-Rousey-SportsCenterSomebody may need to wash Ronda Rousey’s mouth out with a bar of soap. The female MMA star is having herself a banner week. In a recent segment for FOX Sports, Rousey said she would get her upcoming opponent Miesha Tate lube for Christmas. On Thursday, Rousey swore during a live interview on SportsCenter.

Rousey described something as “sh–ty” during the interview, and instant awkwardness followed. She was reminded that the interview was on live television and children could be watching, at which point she put her hand over her mouth and apologized.

She seemed legitimately sorry for swearing, but ESPN should be well aware by now that Rousey can’t help herself. Keeping it PG-rated just isn’t her thing. Hey, at least she didn’t swear three times during one SportsCenter interview like this famous WWE star.

Video via The Big Lead

Ronda Rousey would give Miesha Tate lube for Christmas

Ronda Rousey SantaRonda Rousey’s dirty and inappropriate mind was at work again when she was asked what she would give Miesha Tate for Christmas.

Rousey did a video for FOX where she was asked what she would give as Christmas gifts to multiple MMA personalities. A lot of the gifts she mentioned were nice and thoughtful. That was until she was asked what she would give Tate, her nemesis and upcoming opponent.

“I’d get her some lube for [Bryan] Carraway, because spitting on it’s just mean.”

Carraway, of course, is Tate’s boyfriend, who also happens to be an MMA fighter.

Ronda Rousey for ya, everybody.

The rivalry between her and Tate is definitely one of the fiercest in all sports. It’s seriously at Auburn-Alabama levels.

Oh, and after volunteering answers like that to innocent questions, it seems wrong for Rousey to get upset when people ask her sex questions

Her mustache trimmer gift for Cyborg Santos was pretty funny, too, though.

Ronda Rousey featured in ‘The Expendables 3′ teaser trailer (Video)

Over the summer, news surfaced that Ronda Rousey would be joining the star-studded cast of “The Expendables 3.” On Thursday, a teaser trailer was released that made it official.

Those of you who thought it might be too good to be true can now rest assured knowing that the bantamweight champion will indeed be starring alongside Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Mel Gibson, Randy Couture and a number of other actors and former fighters that take bad-assery to a new level. Given some of the stories we have heard about Rousey in the past, she should fit in just fine.


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Ronda Rousey says she once beat up two guys at a movie theater

Ronda-RouseyRonda Rousey is probably more dangerous walking around on the streets than she is in the octagon. The consensus No. 1 pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world has the ability to look extremely intimidating or quite attractive. Simply put, it would be very hard to tell that Rousey can beat your a– if you saw her walking around the mall.

On Monday night, Rousey went on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and talked about a time when her impossible-to-predict toughness came in handy. It all started when she was at the movies seeing “Juno” and a young lady who was sitting behind her put her feet on Rousey’s chair. Rousey said the group the girl was with was obnoxious throughout the entire movie, and she took the girl’s boot off and threw it at her after the movie ended. She can take it from there.

“I tried to leave and (a guy she was with) pushed me back,” she said. “I was already thinking about my disclaimer at that point. So I was thinking, “OK, I’m going to try to get past you. If you do not let me, I’m going to have to do something about this.’ I was very clam about it.”

“I tried to get past again and the guy pushed me. I grabbed him by the shirt and I just started punching him with one hand. Then his friend came behind me and had me by the neck. So I had his one friend here (motions where she’s punching) and I dropped that one dude and threw the other guy over my shoulder.”

After that, Rousey says everyone backed off. Shocking, I know. Looking back on it, it seems like that fan who asked Ronda the sex question a few months back got off easy.

H/T LBS reader Dave B.

Dana White: No way in hell Ronda Rousey retires in two years

Dana White Ronda Rousey shirtRonda Rousey caused a stir when she said last week that she might retire from MMA in two years. Rousey’s comment came in the context of her newfound acting career — she has roles in “The Expendables 3″ and “Fast & Furious 7.” The UFC women’s bantamweight champion is not transitioning from fighting to acting yet, but she said she might be ready to move on to the next phase in her life in two years.

UFC boss Dana White says that’s not happening.

“There’s no way in hell [she retires in two years],” White said at a UFC press conference in Boston on Thursday, per MMA Fighting.

White then repeated the same line he has used in the past when confronted with the possibility of losing one of his stars to the movies.

“I don’t care what Hollywood offers, they’re ain’t paying what we’re paying,” White said. “These guys, when they go out and make a movie, they’re not paying what we are.”

White may be confident that Rousey, 26, is not retiring in two years, but Rousey is thinking about her long-term prospects. Why fight for a living if she can make money acting?

“I think one profession has a much-longer shelf life than the other,” Rousey told MMA Junkie last week. “My last fight, I was kind of forced to face my mortality a little bit. I had an air of invincibility about me, and I was kind of forced to realize statistically there is a chance you could get permanently hurt or even die. There’s only so many times you can roll the dice.”

Rousey says that she wants to have an exit strategy in place for MMA because she knows it’s a short-term career. She also noted that she has experience as an Olympian and is used to working in four-year spans. In two years, her most recent four-year span of competing at a high level will be over.

I don’t think that Rousey will be done fighting in two years, but I think this is an indication that we should prepare for the likelihood that she won’t stick around the sport for too long. Since she’s one of the biggest figures in the sport, White will do almost anything to keep her around.

The Rock confirms Ronda Rousey will be in Fast & Furious 7

Ronda RouseyA report earlier this week said that Ronda Rousey was in talks to join the cast of “Fast & Furious 7.” Pro wrestler and actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who will star in the movie, essentially confirmed that Rousey will appear in the film.

The Rock gave a Twitter shoutout to Rousey and said the MMA fighter would be joining him in the movie:

Rousey sounded less certain that appearing in the movie was a done deal. She responded by saying she was trying to “make it work”:

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