Video: Ronda Rousey was going to be a bartender for life, “then I saw Carano vs Kedzie”

Ronda Rousey
Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey, the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion and listed as one of the top pound-for-pound MMA fighters in the world, joined CEO Dana White’s entourage to Macau for UFC FN 48.


In an exclusive video interview, MMA-in-ASIA spoke with Rousey about her incredible judo career, her earliest recollections of MMA, and prospective opponents she might face in the future.

On her first experience with judo as a young girl:

“I took to it right away. I had the time of my life.”

On her first thoughts of going into MMA:

“After the Beijing Olympics, I decided that I was going to be a bartender for the rest of my life. And I was trying to force myself to be content with that. I’d seen Gina Carano fight Julie Kedzie when I was still training for the Beijing Olympics… The guys I was watching it with were so in awe of her… What?! I can do that! I can beat those chicks!”

“I’m so grateful that I didn’t win the Olympics now, because every success I’ve had since then has been thanks to that.”

On Gina Carano:

“I’m really excited about the possibility of fighting Gina Carano. I always thought that her style is the most dangerous for me.”

On Cris Cyborg:

“She’s the one that ran off. I didn’t go anywhere.”