You might have missed it, but a couple of days ago Ronda Rousey did an AMA on Reddit, and I’m here to bring you the best bits.
I doubt many of you need to be told this, but AMA is literally “ask me anything”, where Reddit users can ask whoever is doing it whatever they like. Naturally, this results in some very interesting and hilarious moments.
This is how Ronda introduced herself to Reddit: “Ronda here. My favorite Pokemon is Mew and I used to moderate a Pokemon forum. I’m an active player on WOW and a Mage named Randa on TaichiPanda – I’m on the 3rd Game Of Thrones book and will shank a b**ch who tries to give sh*t away about the series cause you watched the show already.
Oh, and I’m also the UFC Bantamweight Champion and undefeated in MMA. I’m here today to answer your questions with the help of my friends Bobby and Leo.
As many of you already know, I get a lot of questions about femininity and body image. Women are constantly being made to feel the need to conform to an almost unattainable standard of what’s considered attractive so they can support a multitude of industries buying sh*t in the pursuit of reaching this standard.
So, I’ve decided to expand my support of the charity Didi Hirsch with their work in the field of women’s body issues, and have partnered with Represent.com to release a limited edition “don’t be a D.N.B.” shirt, with a portion of proceeds benefiting this amazing cause. (For those of you who don’t know- a “D.N.B.” is a “Do Nothing B**ch”)
I’ll be answering your questions for the next ~34 seconds, so I’ll have plenty of time for 50+ thoughtful answers.AMA!
And here are some of the best questions with Ronda’s answers.
Q: Have you ever had to throw someone who tried to pick a fight with you on the street?
A: Yes. See my first appearance on Jimmy Kimmel. (Click here)
Q: What’s your go-to hype music before a fight?
A: I have complete silence before I walk out before a fight. No talking in the locker room, no music, cellphones on silent. If I hear a ding from you taking a video you’re gonna get your own private Rowdy Glare.
Q: Hi Ronda! I recently discovered that you had Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) growing up. I’m a new speech therapist and a huge fan. Do you feel as though overcoming CAS helped you become the tenacious fighter we know you are today? Is there any message you’d like to send to kids out there struggling with speech? I’d also love to know what you liked/didn’t about speech therapy, and what you wished your speech therapist said or did for you. Thanks so much!
A: I love my speech therapist – I thought she was super cool and I didn’t even know I was in speech therapy. I’d like to tell any kid struggling with speech that anything can be overcome with hard work regardless of how insurmountable the odds seem. Shout out to all speech therapists. You’re all awesome. And the best thing about my recovery was that I was never allowed to feel interior.
Q: What’s your favorite cheat meal?
A: buffalo wings naked with chunky blue cheese and extra hot sauce on the side.
Q: Hi Ronda, with your exponential increase recently in exposure and recognition, do you worry about the amount of control that the media has over your image? And have you run into circumstances where you felt you were misrepresented or portrayed inaccurately by the media?
A: I accept that I have NO control over my image already. So, I try not to let the state of my perception have any effect on my happiness. You can never truly know anyone through only media anyway. If anything I just try to keep in mind that I’m an entertainer and not a politician or Miss America.
Q: If you were to be in a superhero movie, which hero would you play?
A: well… a lot of the good ones have been taken, but I’d like to vie for Miss Marvel.
Q: I’m incredibly inspired by your eating disorder recovery through UFC. When I was struggling with anorexia, I felt so weak and powerless, and feel so strong after recovery. How does it feel to conquer something so daunting? I feel like it makes you invincible!
A: Thanks for the kind words. It feels very liberating to free of the guilt that used to come with every meal. And I feel like I have so much extra space in my brain now that I’m not constantly thinking about the next meal and trying to eat as much as possible every day while still losing weight. I feel amazing. I (think) I look amazing. And I just ate some bomb-a** french toast this morning. I’m so happy to hear about all the progress you’ve made on yourself and best of luck for the future.
Q: What is your sincere opinion about Cyborg? How do you think your fight against Tate and hopefully Cyborg will play out assuming perfect physical and mental condition from both sides?
Do you think you would legitimately beat Floyd Mayweather in a ruleless fight? What do you have to say about Mike Tyson’s rumored return to the ring?|
How do you think Fedor Emelianenko will do in the octagon after all these years of absence?
A: Sincere opinion about Cyborg: she’s just waiting to be offered enough money to get her ass kicked (‘cuz she knowsshe’ll get her ass kicked). I know for a fact she can make the weight. She consulted with Mike Dolce (my current nutritionist) before I ever started working with him and after consulting with her he said he could get her in “the best shape of her life” at 135. She then started being represented by Tito Ortiz and all talk stopped. The delay is all about money, not her weight. She made 145 pumped full of steroids. She can healthily make 135 without them. Her shows that she headlines lose thousands of dollars, and the majority of the tickets are given away because no one will buy them. She needs me. So pretty much we’re waiting for her to realize that she needs to fight me before I retire or she’ll never have enough money to retire. I would like me kicking her ass be my retirement fight but whether she steps up or not I’ll walk away undefeated and happily ever after regardless.
Do I think I would legit beat Mayweather in a ruleless fight? Floyd is one of the best boxers of all time. He would definitely beat me in a boxing match. I unfortunately don’t get into “matches”. I fight for a living. In a no rules fight, I believe I can beat anyone on this planet. Boxing is a sweet science with strict rules that I respect very much and aspire every day to improve at. But you said ruleless fight, and that’s my honest answer.
I’d be surprised if Mike Tyson returned to the ring but could imagine he would do it in a charity kind of capacity, and if so good for him.
Ring rust is a real serious thing that is hard to overcome and of course I wish Fedor the best but that much of a lay off would affect anyone’s performance, which is why I fight so often.
You can read the full AMA here.