Ronda Rousey unapologetic for decision to blend sex appeal and skill

Few female fighters have been as successful as Strikeforce bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey when it comes to drawing the interest of fans based both on athletic talent and physical beauty. The unbeaten Olympic judoka has gone 5-0 since turning pro in 2011, submitting all of her opponents in the opening round by way of Armbar, and has also recently landed a gig as a cover-girl for ESPN the Magazine’s Body Issue.

Rousey recently spoke about balancing the two sides of her persona in an interview with The Canadian Press and made it clear she’s happy straddling both sides of the fence based on the duality of MMA.

“Women don’t have to trade their femininity for athleticism. And you don’t have to look like an anorexic eight-year-old to be considered beautiful. Skinny girls look good in clothes but fit chicks look good naked,” said a confident Rousey who also added she would never show more than she had to ESPN, adding, “Nobody should be able to see your hoochie-coo for $5.”

The 25-year old’s next adversary, Sarah Kaufman, has expressed a somewhat different view in the past, questioning Rousey’s insistence on promoting herself based on looks and trash-talk rather than simply focusing on skillset.

“We disagree on a lot of things and I think it’s because I dealt with the Olympics and all that stuff before. I’m able to separate the idealism of sport — I kind of think as the Olympics as the place for that. And when I look at MMA, it is half-sport and half entertainment business,” explained Rousey.

The two talented bantamweights will square off on August 18 in the main event of a Strikeforce card being broadcast on Showtime. Regardless of their chose apparel, or lack thereof, based on past accomplishments it is clear viewers will enjoy a battle between two of the best females in the sport. However, more eyes will be on the bout based on her behavior outside of the ring and that, unquestionably, is the way Rousey wants it.

PHOTO CREDIT – STRIKEFORCE/ESPN

11 COMMENTS
  • climbarock says:

    Does the carpet match the drapes? Who knows. We’ve got a hardwood floor, fellas.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    Apparently she went off recently on the fact that Arianni and Britney posed naked for playboy.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Wax on…wack off

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Nice use of the word “straddling”. ;)

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  • Dufresne says:

    Skinny girls look good in clothes but fit chicks look good naked
    My kind of woman.

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  • Dufresne says:

    I’d like to examine those Olympic rings a bit more closely…

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  • Angry Mike says:

    The fact she could break me in half only adds to the appeal, but I’m not sure why.

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  • MCM says:

    I smell photoshop…..and she has Man hips.

    Not that I didn’t enjoy looking, just saying.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Everyone looks good with a professional make-up artist, photographer, and image editor.

    It’s not really a complaint, but it must really suck for people who think anyone looks like what you see in magazines.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    Mila kunis did an interview yesterday that said the same thing, she posed for a magazine when she was in high school and they brushed it up, and all the kids at school were disappointed that she looked nothing like the magazine in real life, when not wearing all the glam make up and hairstyle and push up bra.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    Ronda apparently wants to stay in the news here lately, in the past couple weeks she’s called out ringgirls for posing naked, while doing it herself. Said she want’s to kick Kim Kardashian’s ass, and said that Michael Phelps is a horrible teammate during the beijing olympics and should get over himself because he’s not all that impressive at what he does.

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