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.”