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article imageRonda Rousey loves life as an MMA fighter over an Olympian

By Can Tran     Dec 28, 2012 in Sports
MMA fighter Ronda Rousey talked about the difference between MMA and the Olympics in terms of competition. Rousey said that she prefers MMA because it's "more pure" than the Olympics.
Olympic Judoka Ronda Rousey had spoken on the differences between training to be a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter and training to be an Olympic athlete. Since Gina Carano hasn't competed in MMA for the last few years, currently doing Hollywood films, Rousey has become the face of women's MMA (WMMA). Also, Rousey has become one of the faces of Judo in MMA let alone WMMA.
Rousey had made history of being the first female to be signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) and was given the UFC Bantamweight Championship title for the women's divison. Before that, Rousey held the Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Championship. Before going into MMA, Rousey was an Olympic Judoka who competed the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece and competed in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China with her getting bronze. When talking about the MMA and the Olympics, Rousey preferred the former over the latter. Rousey felt that MMA was “more pure” than the Olympics.
However, she didn't just say MMA was more pure than the Olympics. Rousey gave reasons to back up her belief; she also talked about what it was like to train for the Olympics. With that Rousey said, it may make an athlete carefully think about the path taken to become an Olympic athlete to represent the United States. According to Rousey, she had not much to show for after winning bronze at the Olympics. She was given $10K for winning the bronze medal; but, the $10K was nothing compared to the $100K that she owed from training expenses. To add more insult to injury, the $10K given to Rousey was taxed.
As a result, competing for the Olympics was financially painful for Rousey.
In terms of MMA, Rousey said that the sport is as close to a real fight as possible. She said that there are people in Olympic Judo that simply backstab you and sellout just to get on a committee. Rousey talked about amateur sports, let alone international sports, by recalling a 2005 trip to Cairo, Egypt. In 2005, Cairo was the location of the 2005 Judo World Championships. Rousey talked about how she and another person got their trips paid for while others got their trips partially paid; but, the officials got fully paid trips on first class, fully paid meals, and five-star hotels. In short, the referees got treated much better than the athletes.
Also, Rousey further prefers MMA because she has the freedom to speak her mind. In the case of being an Olympic athlete, the freedom's not present. That's not all Rousey had to say about the Olympics let alone the Olympics in American culture. What she said could be deemed as an insult to American Olympians of the present time.
With that said, Rousey called Olympians in the United States “useless.” She talked about how you would “do it for your country, for your pride, and for your family” if you were an Olympic athlete. According to Rousey, there's no safety net to fall back on afterward. When Rousey trained for the Olympics, she was part of a work program. She'd work at Home Depot for twenty hours a week; but, she'd get paid full-time. That was the only job she had so far.
At the end, there's nothing. Rousey talked about how there was no scholarship or job placement programs provided at the end. As an MMA fighter, Rousey is making waves as the face of women's MMA. On top of that, she's the first female to be signed with the UFC. With the fame and everything else that Rousey has been getting, it would seem that she enjoys being an MMA fighter rather than an Olympic athlete in this country.
Her debut fight in the UFC will be on February 23. Rousey's opponent will be Liz Carmouche, who is the first professional fighter let alone female fighter in the sport who openly identifies with being part of the LGBT community.
With what Rousey says about training for the Olympics, it may give an aspiring athlete something to think about carefully when making such plans. Rousey gives a reality of being an Olympian that can be considered harsh.
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