Excited and Nervous, Ronda Rousey Says Fighting Isn’t Olympics Pressure (Video)

February 12, 2012
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Ronda RouseyRonda Rousey is headed into the biggest fight of her mixed martial arts career when she faces Miesha Tate on March 3. The two will battle for Tate’s Strikeforce women’s bantamweight championship in the night’s main event.

Having won a bronze medal in Judo in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Rousey knows what pressure is, but she says the pressure in an MMA fight, while substantial, doesn’t compare to what she faced as an Olympian.

“It’s not like Olympics pressure. It’s not like I’ve been preparing for four years for this one day. MMA matches are easier because I get to take them one at a time.”

In an exclusive interview with MMAWeekly.com’s Damon Martin, Rousey also shot down doubters who say that there are other fighters, such as Sarah Kaufman and Alexis Davis, who maybe should have gotten a title shot before her.

“I deserve this because I think the other two girls have records are more impressive than their actual performances. I also have the Olympic background that should be to my credit.”

Check out the full interview below as Rousey doesn’t hold back…

  • alhmiel

    Thank goodness we aren’t subjected to watching the plain boring pale Sara Kaufman fighting for 25 minutes. I’d rather get a prostrate exam than have to look at Sara Kaufman. Rhonda will smash the untalented skunk smelling Meisha Tate fairly quickly as tate really has little skills. Rhonda as champ could save woman’s MMA for a while. Kaufman as champ destroys it and that is why Sara was bypassed for this fight.

  • JUDO POWER!!! I was going for Miesha, but I think I just switched to Team Ronda.

  • dam i have to say.

    Ronda Rousey looks so beautiful in this video

    • jmat13

      She really does. She looks just like Julia Stiles.

    • Cptmats

      with a mans body !

  • jmat13

    This fight should draw great numbers. I like both girls so I just want a good fight. But Ronda is right. She has been pulling for and promoting this fight and with her combined experience deserves the shot. Brock got a shot at the UFC title with only 1 decision win. She has 4 first round finishes. Girl deserves her shot.

  • markronin

    I much prefer Rousey’s brash truth-telling than Tate’s politically-correct whining where she repeats herself ten times.

    Ronda talks smack and she backs it up, good for her.

  • alhmiel

    Meisha tate will be back to waitressing soon. tate doesn’t come off as very smart. Well there is always hairdresser school. But please no more sara dull kaufman ever.

    • Cptmats

      shut up loser !

  • alhmiel

    Rousey breaks Tate arm quickly on purpose. tate retires. Sara kaufman get a face lift and it don’t help much. Rousey goes on dancing with the stars. Tate gets a nose job. Sara Kaufman becomes a trapper and small game hunter. Easy win for Ronda coming soon.