Former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion turned WWE Superstar “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey has been the focus of some buzz on social media this week following a pair of new interviews she did with ESPN.
The first incident took place when Rousey was interviewed by Golic & Wingo for ESPN Radio. During the interview, Rousey appeared to misunderstand a question about her MMA future. Featured below is a transcript and video of that portion of the interview.
Mike Golic: Let’s go back and start with when you knew you were done with MMA, when you knew in your mind you were not gonna fight anymore.
Ronda Rousey: I never said that.
Golic: Ah, so there is a possibility that you could go back, in time?
Rousey: There’s a possibility that I can go back in time? That’s your question to me?
Golic: Go back in time and fight, go back in the Octagon.
Rousey: I do not have the ability to go back in time, no.
Golic: Would you fight again?
Rousey: I don’t know.
Well this is painfully awkward. Ronda Rousey misunderstands question, gets annoyed. pic.twitter.com/Pt7XwVRazh
— Cork Gaines (@CorkGaines) March 27, 2018
The second incident came when Rousey appeared as a guest on ESPN First Take. During that interview, things got awkward when host Max Kellerman brought up Rousey’s first pro MMA loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193 in 2015. Check out a transcription of that portion of the interview, as well as video footage, below.
Kellerman: Why do you think there was kind of a negative backlash to you after the loss?
Kellerman: In other words, people, you must be aware, in the MMA world there was a lot of talk – well she was overrated, she was this, she was that. And my point of view at the time, and remains, is that you achieved amazing heights. Almost no one wins forever, everyone suffers setbacks but there seemed to be an unusual amount of negative pushback after your loss. Did you not experience that?
Rousey: I experience a lot of people who quote “some people” that are really just afraid to state their own opinion.
Kellerman: Do you think that’s my opinion?
Kellerman: No, that’s not my opinion, I can tell you right now. That’s not my opinion. I thought you achieved amazing things. I was and am, remain a big fan of your fighting and of you. That’s not me saying “some people” meaning me, that’s me saying I read and heard from others, and defended you.
Rousey: Well, thank you for defending me. I appreciate that.
Oh my dear lord … This interaction between Ronda Rousey and Max Kellerman hit a 10 on the awkward scale
BTW, WWE … Ronda has BARELY spoken since joining the company and you put her on ‘FIRST TAKE’ with these guys?!?! pic.twitter.com/jBhF2aCPYm
— Troy Hughes (@TommySledge) March 27, 2018
Ronda Rousey makes her WWE in-ring debut alongside Kurt Angle against Stephanie McMahon and Triple H in a featured mixed tag-team match at next month’s WrestleMania 34 pay-per-view, which goes down from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana on Sunday, April 8th.
Make sure to join us here on 4/8 for live play-by-play results coverage of the entire event!