Chat with Ronda Rousey
Rousey, who posed in ESPN The Magazine's 2012 The Body Issue, made her pro MMA debut in 2011.
Welcome to SportsNation! On Friday, we'll go inside the cage when Strikeforce's women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey stops by to chat about her most recent title defense.
Rousey (6-0), @RondaRousey, finished off Sarah Kaufman on Aug. 18 in 54 seconds via submission for her first title defense. She has won all six of her professional fights via submission, including her bout against Miesha Tate in March when she won the bantamweight title in her debut in the weight class.
Send your questions now and join Rousey Friday at 1 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (1:00 PM)
Strikeforce's women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will be here in minutes to take your questions!
Buzzmaster (1:05 PM)
Ronda is here!
I saw you on Conan recently. What's it like getting all this attention?
Ronda Rousey (1:07 PM)
It's very time consuming. It's very cool. But it's also very hard to organize around my training. Luckily, I have a lot of people that I can pust that on to. I get the schedule and show up and get to do the fun stuff. So close to fights, I do prefer to be left alone some more. But doing Conan was fun.
Now that Kayla Harrison has won a gold in Judo at the London Olympics! What kind of advice/help would you give her, if she were to make the jump to womens MMA?
Ronda Rousey (1:08 PM)
I would advise her to try and fight at 145. I think she should get a very good nutritionist. Cutting weight is very dangerous for her due to her health. I think she has nothing but potential. She would do very well.
How closely do you follow the Olympics, having been a former athlete?
Ronda Rousey (1:09 PM)
I try to watch as much as possible. The only thing I didn't like was that in the United States, they only show a few sports on TV that the U.S. is a shoe-in to win. I feel like it's the Olympics for everyone, not the Olympics for the U.S. There is only so much indoor volleyball you can watch.
what is your take on the Jon Jones situation...do you think he should have accepted a fight on 8 days notice?? (i do)
Ronda Rousey (1:10 PM)
If I were him, I would have accepted the fight. I don't know his exact situation, so I can't judge him and I haven't talked to him. But it seems the way this has played out that it would have been better for him to have taken the fight and losing now versus taken a fight later and losing. I'm just sorry for everyone that was inconvenienced by all of this, especially the fighters on the undercard.
LIOR AMS (Los Angeles)
Ronda Hey how are you? Just so you know I'm a big fan and I was in your last FIGHT and I really enjoyed!! I wanted to ask where do you see yourself professionally a few years?
Ronda Rousey (1:11 PM)
I don't know exactly what I'm going to be doing in a few months from now. If we had a prediction a few years ago about what I'd be doing now, I would have been way off.
Do you ever envision winning by way of knockout?
Ronda Rousey (1:12 PM)
I envision my fights going every single way possible. I try to envision my fights in a different scenario each time. By the time we get into the cage, I've thought about the fight and fought it in every possibile way. Knockouts are a part of that.
How confident are you in your standup? everyone is saying you're a "one trick pony", and I always try to defend it, but I haven't seen much of your standup strategy as of late.
Ronda Rousey (1:13 PM)
Some of the reason that I clinch so easily is because of my standup. A lot of the girls I've fought before were good grapplers. My striking education was entirely focused on footwork. The first six months was all footwork. I feel like my striking was very good. If you look at my fight stats, I actually hit them more than they hit me. I don't feel a need to go out of my way to make it a striking match when I have less experience. I don't need to change the way I fight due to critics, because critics are critical no matter what. That's why they're critics.
It seems like Cyborg will only fight you at 145. Would you go up in weight if that's the only way to get a fight with her?
Ronda Rousey (1:15 PM)
I'm not going up and I don't think it's unreasonable for me to say that someone is taking steroids before and whose limit was 145 and if they're not taking steroids can't fight lower. I don't trust her to fight clean and I don't see any reason to make considerations for someone like that.
Christian (Los Angeles)
Do you fear being arm barred by an opponent or do you have an easy out with all those sneak attacks from your mother in the morning...ARMBARRRR!
Ronda Rousey (1:16 PM)
I've been arm barred in both arms. I've dislocated both elbows. I know exactly what it's like. I don't intend to be armbarred again. If it happens, I would probably let them break it and try to get out, because that's what I did before. I ended up winning the match, but I had a hard time taking milk out of the fridge for a long time.
Hey ronda i know your on the warrior diet and your body is amazing can you give us an idea of what you would eat throught the day , is yiur one meal of the dau like 2,000 calories or something...thanks ronda
Ronda Rousey (1:17 PM)
I only eat one meal a day at night. During the day I mostly only eat berries. The great thing I eat is organic. I eat raw as much as I can. Any kind of chemicals that I couldn't find on the earth 10,000 years ago. If I have beef, it's always grass fed. Now that I make enough money to buy stuff like that I like to spoil myself.
Hey Ronda have you booked that vacation yet? Congrats on your win!
Ronda Rousey (1:18 PM)
My vacation is usually the time I sit on my couch and eat hot wings and play video games. The trip we were planning was a training trip to Thailand. We'll have fun, but it's still training. I think that's the beginning of October.
J. Kali (Cancun)
People keep talking about Dana White "entertaining" the idea of Women in the UFC. What is your take on that? Would you even want to go to the UFC?
Ronda Rousey (1:19 PM)
Yeah, I would love to fight for them at some point. But right now I fight on Showtime and I'm not complaining at all. I just want to fight who I want to fight, make enough money to get by. How Zuffa broadcasts it is not so much my business.
Cindy (Hong Kong)
Will you return to Judo for 2016 Olympics? Your former teammates kayla and Marti will be in Rio as well.
Ronda Rousey (1:20 PM)
If I'm bored and they give me a wild card spot, I'll do it. But the process of qualifying for an Olympic team takes many years and 100% of your efforts. I have too many options right now to devote 100% of my energy to judo.
Ronda Rousey (1:20 PM)
Thank you for showing up for the chat. I appreciate all of the support. I don't mean that in a generic patronizing way, I really mean it.