UFC President Dana White recently confirmed taping for TUF 18 had concluded and the final product was simply a matter of editing at this point. On that front, it appears coach (and bantamweight champion) Ronda Rousey is a bit concerned. While Rousey enjoyed her experience as one of the two team-heads, she understands the way she’s portrayed may be less than flattering depending on what story the production staff chooses to tell.
“I’m happy it’s over and I’m concerned everyone is going to think I’m a psychopath because there is no way everything that went on could possibly be shown,” admitted Rousey in an interview with Bleacher Report. “There are going to be a lot of actions that are unexplained.”
Rousey didn’t go into specifics about any situations though she did make it clear she isn’t truly TOO concerned with how people will perceive her based on the show. After all, the unbeaten finisher has gotten used to criticism after ascending to the top of the sport in such a short time while speaking her mind regardless of others’ opinions.
“It’s great that women can actually make careers now in mixed martial arts and make good money doing what they love to do. But I know they haven’t really given me very many props for it, and that’s cool because I haven’t done it for appreciation. I’ve done it for myself and I have my own selfish motives too,” said Rousey. “I can’t really hate on them too much but it would be nice to hear it without a grain of salt from Alexis Davis for once or after the women’s debut in the UFC, Cat Zingano wasn’t saying, ‘Eh…there are a lot of holes in her game.’”
“At the same time, it’s not something I’m expecting,” she concluded. “We are competitors and competitive by nature. I don’t expect them to be bringing me sunshine, lollipops and daisies when all they want to do is smash my face in and take everything I’ve so hard to accomplish. At least they are being real about it.”
TUF 18 will debut in early September on FOX Sports 1. After the season’s conclusion, Rousey will face opposing coach Miesha Tate in a title-bout at UFC 168.
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