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Ronda Rousey is one tough chick

Ronda Rousey has taken a lot of crap from people in MMA because of her relative inexperience, as if her lifetime of martial arts experience doesn’t count for diddly squat. Miesha Tate went so far as to call her ‘pampered’, which seems to have bugged Rousey a little. In her latest fight blog for Fighters Only, Ronda lays out some of the notable moments from her upbringing that may dissuade you from that characterization:

I remember my first injury very well. I was 11 years old and I broke my big toe doing judo. To an 11 year old this is a very big deal, so I stopped fighting and started to cry. My mother then made me run laps around the mat for the rest for the night. I thought she was just being cruel at the time but she told me, “Sometimes you have to fight when you’re injured. You need to know you’re capable of that.”

A few years later I was 15 and broke 3 bones in my foot (jumping over a fence, during my first and only attempt to try and ditch class) That weekend my mom sent me up to northern California to fight in two divisions in a tournament that was hosted by the club of one of my biggest rivals at the time.

I was sent with no coach and injured, fought eight matches in front of a biased crowd that were cheering against me. When I asked my mom why she would do something so mean she said “You won’t always have a coach, the crowd won’t always like you, and you won’t always be healthy when you fight. You need to know you can win anyway.”

I remember my first injury very well. I was 11 years old and I broke my big toe doing judo. To an 11 year old this is a very big deal, so I stopped fighting and started to cry. My mother then made me run laps around the mat for the rest for the night. I thought she was just being cruel at the time but she told me, “Sometimes you have to fight when you’re injured. You need to know you’re capable of that.”

A few years later I was 15 and broke 3 bones in my foot (jumping over a fence, during my first and only attempt to try and ditch class) That weekend my mom sent me up to northern California to fight in two divisions in a tournament that was hosted by the club of one of my biggest rivals at the time.

I was sent with no coach and injured, fought eight matches in front of a biased crowd that were cheering against me. When I asked my mom why she would do something so mean she said “You won’t always have a coach, the crowd won’t always like you, and you won’t always be healthy when you fight. You need to know you can win anyway.”

That’s only the tip of the iceberg. From the sound of the article, Ronda has been bashed, smashed, tapped, snapped, broken, and mauled and none of it has stopped her from showing up for competition or training the same day. While there’s still a good chance that Miesha Tate may be able to find a chink in her armor, I don’t think it’s going to be via Ronda’s physical or mental toughness. Her mother and judo have already pushed her harder than your average Chinese circus child, and she survived that easy enough. MMA sounds like a cakewalk compared to what she’s already done.

  • iamphoenix

    her mom is yoda

    btw you ctrl c and v twice.

  • kwagnuth

    What a hard ass mom. I bet she didn’t get any sick days off school either why she had to skip.

  • CAP

    Story so good you had to tell it twice!

  • frickshun

    We get it Ryan, your boner only has eye for Ronda.

    We get it Ryan, your boner only has eye for Ronda.

  • Mal666

    Whos penius is bigger Rhondas or Cris Cyborg

  • Spicoli

    Zen Master Mom. Awesome.

  • Elfenstein

    sounds like her mom should have been locked up …

  • Letibleu

    so ronda is fragile and breaks often.

  • noiseless

    ^ LOL

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