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Ronda Rousey was a special kid

Loretta Hunt has an awesome profile on our favorite arm-snapping judo-slinging female fighter, Ronda Rousey. There’s a lot of interesting stuff you don’t know about her in there, some awesome, some really messed up, and some just surprising like this:

Of any fighter, it’s fitting that Rousey knows the value of making her voice be heard — she couldn’t put together coherent sentences until the age of six.

Rousey was born with her umbilical cord wrapped around her neck; her body was blue and she wasn’t breathing. She was revived in the delivery room, but when her communicative skills quickly fell behind the norm, the doctors thought she’d suffered brain damage or that she might be deaf.

When she began to talk, Rousey’s words were jumbled and she was sent to speech therapy classes. Frustration was a daily occurrence, as nobody could understand her.

Rousey’s father saw the potential bubbling beneath his daughter’s stifled communication, though. He often called Ronda a “sleeper,” and told her that she’d show everybody someday. Rousey’s speech gradually improved.

Just one more way Ronda and I are totally alike. They thoght I was ratarded to, but i showed them.

  • theinsaneoneJustinMcCully

    “They thoght I was ratarded to, but i showed them.”

    Could be a great pickup line.

  • Reverend Clint

    she’s retarded alright… retarded hot

  • iamphoenix

    Not only do I have to like her and cheer her on in fights because she’s a bad ass arm snapper, but also if she loses I gotta say things like, “Look at all that effort she gave!” and “At least she smiled the whole time!”

    this reminds me when I was a teen and volunteered at some special olympics thing and had to not laugh the whole day. Very hard to do when every one out there was just horrible at sports.

  • Jarman

    damn……that’s hardcore. didn’t tap out, and she was a neonate. there’s the making of an impressive legend there. and can’t you just call her loretta cunt from here on out?

  • Jarman

    “She told me to stop thanking God or anything you hear all the time,” said Rousey. “She told me people don’t want to hear that. They want to hear something new and interesting and something writable, not that you love your mom and Jesus.”

    amen to that. some good sisterly advice

  • Letibleu

    Unfortunately things didnt work out the same way for Matt Hamill.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Well, he couldn’t hear her sister, now could he, Leti?

    Show some fucking consideration.

  • andres

    MATT HAMILL! BAHAHAHAHAHA seems like she kept the retard strength.

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  • kwagnuth

    So did she armbar the umblical cord or is that her only loss.