Honestly, two weeks ago, I had no idea who Ronda Rousey was. Then the Washington Post did this major production on her:
The best mixed martial arts fighter in the world might be a woman, and Ronda Rousey shrinks from neither identity. As a stylist spritzes hairspray and a makeup artist dabs a brush across Rousey’s face for a fashion shoot, it’s easy to forget she can snap an opponent’s arm in an Ultimate Fighting Championship match.
That’s exactly how Rousey wants it. She wasn’t always comfortable with the baggage that came with these truths — not girly enough for teenage cliques, too pretty to be taken seriously as a fighter in a combat sport that combines disciplines such as boxing, jujitsu and karate — but today she embraces both. It’s her modern-day take on what exactly femininity entails: the beauty and the beast.
And then, a few days later, she went into the ring for a championship fight and did this:
About three days ago, someone put out a Claymation version of the fight.
And two days ago, some guy interviewing her said she was just a girl and couldn’t hit, so she did this:
Dude’s an idiot. Anyone who gets in the ring with her is an idiot.
In the meantime, she’s a sports darling, appearing in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue and getting ready for a career in action movies. I hope she makes lots of movies and gets outrageously rich.
The best thing about her, though, is this quote from her mom, AnnMaria De Mars (who was a judo champion), after she let her know she was going into MMA:
“I told her, ‘It’s the stupidest [expletive] idea I’ve ever heard in my life,’ ” De Mars recalls. “ ‘And coming from you, Ronda, that’s saying something because you’ve had some dumb ideas in your life.’ Oh, I just thought it was the stupidest thing.”
I guess moms can be wrong.