Ronda Rousey Saturday’s Fight With Alexis Davis, How Long She’ll Stay in MMA, More
Posted by Larry Csonka on 06.30.2014
Plus she discusses what she wants to pull off in an MMA fight…
- Ronda Rousey recently spoke about her busy MMA schedule, how long she'll stay in MMA and more. Here are the highlights…
On Her Busy Schedule: "I really try not to focus too much on the Hollywood stuff when I'm in camp," Rousey says. "I've made sure all the Hollywood-side people know I will not film within six weeks of the fight. I have to be home during that time, and luckily everybody on that side is very understanding of the situation. I did go and do ‘Entourage,' but it wasn't like I was gone for eight weeks in a foreign country by myself. I was at home, and I only filmed for a couple of days. They really wrote a role in there for me within the exact allotted time that I have, and they only called me when they needed me."
On Saturday's Fight With Alexis Davis: "She's a black belt in jiu-jitsu, so she's no joke on the ground," Rousey says. "She's not somebody I can take unnecessary risks with, and she's somebody who would definitely be very confident in defending herself. I don't just want to win; I want to win and get out of there unscathed," Rousey says. "There have been fights where Alexis has hurt her opponent. Her and (Sarah) Kaufman cut each other's faces up. Even if I win and I walk away with a big face gash, that's terrible for me. I not only need to win, I need to win without being touched. That's just the expectation I put on myself. That really places a lot more pressure on the fight, especially with a really grinding fighter like Alexis that has a cement jaw. Floyd Mayweather went through over 40 fights without ever getting a cut. That's what real domination and real style is in a fighter. That's what I really aspire to. "
On How Long She'll Stay in MMA: "I don't know," Rousey admits. "I'm taking it one fight at a time. Everything is changing so fast and so many things are coming up so quickly that I really can't think more than one day at a time. "You never know how you're going to feel after a fight. The fights themselves really affect how you feel. If it's a five-round war, I might not have as many rounds left in me. If it's a quick finish, then maybe I'll have some more. It depends on how those fights go."
On What She Wants to Pull Off in MMA: "I've always wanted to do a sode tsurikomi goshi in a fight," Rousey says, referencing the judo move. "I won my Olympic bronze medal with that throw, and it was my favorite throw when I did judo. It just doesn't really apply without a gi, and so my favorite throw, I had to actually give it up when I came to MMA. To do it with no gi, it would take a lot of timing and style, and it would just need to be perfectly done. I always wish I could pull one more sode out, just for old time's sake – a shoutout to my judo years."