Ronda Rousey is following through with her promise to a United States serviceman.
Back in August, a U.S. Marine named Jarrod Hash asked then-UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey to the Dec. 11 Marine Corps Ball. Just a few days later, Ronda said “yes” and the young Marine got his dream date.
And then UFC 193 happened, and, well …
So after a vicious knockout at the hands (and foot) of Holly Holm last month, some wondered if Rousey would follow through on her arrangement. Looks like things aren’t looking too good, according to Jarrod’s mom.
“Jarrod said he hasn’t heard anything yet,” Hash’s mother, Caroline, told New Jersey 101.5. “He said, ‘All I know is I’m going in the hopes she’ll be there.’”
Still, Hash had hopes.
“Our Marine Corps ball is next Friday and no I still haven’t talked to Ronda yet,” he wrote on Facebook last week. “I’m not worried about anything I’m sure she still has good intentions of coming and I am very excited. Thank you for all your help and support of getting her attention.”
And then, literally as we were writing this article, the L.A. Daily News confirmed with a source close to Rousey that she is, in fact, following through with the date and all is well in the land of Marines and former UFC champions.
Courtesy of the LADN’s Brian Martin:
“After her fight, she knew she had made a promise to this young man and never thought for a second about breaking it,” the source said. “She paid her own way and did exactly what she said she was going to do because that’s the type of woman she is.”
Alas, TMZ stalked her in the early morning and she told them that she’s going. Bravo, Ronda. Bravo.