UFC champion Ronda Rousey has been honing her combative craft since childhood, growing up as the daughter of an Olympic judoka and carrying on the tradition by winning a medal of her own. She has since sharpened her overall skill-level by adding in stand-up and other submissions she may not have previously practiced, emerging as one of the most dominant female fighters in MMA today.
Given a chance to do it all over again, it sounds like Rousey would still be fighting but would probably have a few more bouts under her belt rather than medals in a trophy case.
“The UFC and MMA stuff is so much more pure compared to all that to me,” Rousey said. “No one is going to change the rules of MMA because they prefer European style over Japanese style. It’s never going to be like that. It will be as close to a real fight as possible and whoever wins, wins.”
“I like that there’s a lot of money involved, that there isn’t going to be people who are selling out for nothing. You can’t predict people like that. There are people [in judo] called sellouts, and stabbing you on the back so they can get on some committee that pays you nothing.”
“The Olympians in our country are pretty much useless. You spend your whole life trying to get this medal and you don’t do it to make money, you do it for your country, for your pride, for your family, and there’s nothing set in place for what happens afterwards. They used to have a program where I’d work at Home Depot 20 hours a week and they’d pay me full-time, that was the only Olympic job program I have. There’s nothing afterwards. There’s no scholarship program, there’s no job placement, after you won an Olympic medal and you’ve spent $100,000, you get 10 grand, which they tax you on. You get 10K for a bronze, 15K for silver, 25K for gold, which you get taxed on, and a handshake. I couldn’t even buy a 2005 used Honda Accord LX with that.”
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