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In November 2015, Ronda Rousey’s undefeated fighting record fell to Holly Holm, a former pro-boxer who cleaned Rousey’s clock and knocked the champ out cold with a swift kick to the head during their title fight. Rousey is one of the most famous athletes in the world, the face of a sport, and a legit celeb. She plays herself in the Entourage movie and regularly appears on late night talk shows, charming the pants off hosts and looking all sexy in cleavage-baring dresses. But Rousey’s MMA star just dimmed significantly, as weaknesses in her game were exposed. Know what else is about to be revealed? The shady side of Ronda Rousey. The darling of the sports world may be tough and hot, but she’s not always on the up and up.
She Is in Litigation With Her Ex-Manager
Rousey’s former manager Darin Harvey, who handled her career when it began taking off, Instagrammed his unedited, raw feelings about her first pro defeat. He posted: “KARMA. No need for revenge. Just sit back & wait. Those who hurt you will eventually screw up themselves & if you’re lucky, GOD will let you watch.” Ouch. There is clearly bad blood simmering between these two former colleagues. They are currently in litigation over the dissolution of their former business relationship. According to MMA Junkie, Harvey acknowledged his complicity in building her Hollywood persona, saying, “I created a monster. She believed she was as special as the press made her out to be. They give me absolutely no credit for the success of her career. She’s not a good person. You don’t forget where you came from.” It sounds like a hybrid of sour grapes and genuine disappointment that their relationship crumbled.
She Is Dating A Married Man
Rousey is in a romantic relationship with fellow UFC fighter, heavyweight Travis Browne. SB Nation noted that Browne is married and his wife once accused him of domestic violence. Of their romance, Browne said, “She’s my woman and I’m her man. There’s no boyfriend, girlfriend stuff. There’s no dating. We’re together.” Okay, so they don’t go on dates, but they are together. That’s just a shady description and it’s not romantic. It’s very caveman-like.
She Was Unnecessarily Rude When Asked About Her Relationship
When Rousey was asked about her dating life during a media conference call promoting UFC 193, the fighter promptly terminated the call and effectively hung a bunch of journalists with deadlines and copy to file out to dry for a few minutes. She could have easily said, “Next question” or “No comment,” instead of bailing on the promotional commitment. She later released a statement to ESPN, saying, “I don’t talk about my personal life much. That’s why it’s called ‘personal life.’ It’s true that Travis and I are in a relationship. I’ve really enjoyed the time we have spent together and getting to know one another. And that’s all I’m going to say about it.” If you’re going to live the celebrity life, you better be prepared to deal with the media probing about your personal affairs. Sorry, that’s just how it is.
She Didn’t Touch Gloves With Holm Prior To Their Fight
Even Lady Gaga noted on Instagram that Rousey’s decision to not customarily touch gloves with Holm in the ring before their fight was a shady and unprofessional gesture. Touching gloves is a sign of sportsmanship and respect, so Rousey refusing to do so was the equivalent of spitting in Holm’s face. While we understand her “eye of the tiger” vibe and her need to view her opponent as the enemy and her prey, it was unsportswomanlike and ignorant.
She Verbally Dissed Holm And Disrespected Her At The Weigh In
The ladies nearly came to blows at the pre-fight weigh in. It was a vintage WWE-like moment. Rousey dissed her foe, saying, “I just wanted to get in her face and show her that I was there for a reason. She’s the one that put the fist on my face. I didn’t touch her. She’s the one that touched me and I told her that fake, sweet act—I can see right through it. I really do. It was all fake. All until now. All that respect, all that everything, all you being sweet. I see right now that it’s fake and you’re gonna get it on Sunday.” Rousey continued to spew bravado, saying, “You’re not the first person that thought that you had the perfect plan to beat me. It’s not the first time that your camp thought they had the perfect plan to beat me. I’m gonna show you on Sunday why I’m the champ.” Ultimately, Rousey was feeding the external drama and that’s likely why she was so unprepared for the fight and lost. It’s shady for a fighter not to give a decorated opponent their due respect. Holm is a celebrated former boxer who deserved better.
Her Peers Don’t Think She Has Paid Her Dues
Rousey is arguably the biggest MMA star ever. But her peers feel she hasn’t paid her dues or earned her status in the ring, exchanging that currency for celebrity. Her nemesis Miesha Tate considers Rousey’s career to be a matter of being in the right place at the right time. She told Fox Sports, “Every single woman that fights MMA has done just as much work as Ronda has, we just haven’t gotten as much turnaround. Those women who came before her haven’t been on magazine covers; they weren’t plastered everywhere by the UFC. They didn’t get the same reward back. She got ten times back what she was putting in and maybe everyone else was getting one to one.”
She Punched An Ex-Boyfriend In The Face
Rousey recalled coming to blows with an ex-boyfriend in her book My Fight/Your Fight. She claimed it was not domestic violence in which she was the perpetrator but self-defense, since he was blocking her exit and she needed to free herself from a situation in which she was uncomfortable. She wrote, “I slapped him with my right hand. He still wouldn’t move. Then I grabbed him by the neck of his hoodie, kneed him in the face, and tossed him aside on the kitchen floor.” He followed to her the car and she again claimed that she was protecting herself, saying, “I punched him in the face with a straight right, then a left hook. He staggered back and fell against the door. I walked around the car, pulled him by the neck of the hoodie again, dragged him onto the sidewalk, and left him writhing there as I sped away.” Some might call that abuse perpetrated by a woman.