Ronda Rousey is a scary woman with no sense of humor. And she’s right, she’s mean, but she forgot combative, immature, childlike, naive and normally heartless. (The Father’s Day episode shocked me because she actually did something nice that didn’t involve fighting.)
Prior to the show, I think she checked her heart and soul in at the local cryogenics facility to help keep everything frozen solid.
I respect her as an athlete and a fighter. She performs physical feats during training that make it very clear why she is where she is today.
At the same time she behaves in a way that I can only classify as a brat. Middle fingers. Standing in front of a male fighter and telling him to “man up” - Ronda, unless she’s omitted some medical her ability to “man” up is nil which in turn is why I think she looked completely ridiculous.
Moreover, I’ve never seen so many middle fingers in my entire life; in and out of the ring. The sheer juvenile nature of her responses makes me wonder how controlling her mother was during her childhood.
On top of the middle fingers outside the ring she’s flipping off Miesha Tate after the fight in the octagon. Dana White should exert some control here. Ronda would look a thousand times better if she just keep her fingers to herself; you might want to advise her on that.
Post-fight behavior should follow it’s normal course. What would happen if one coach flipped off the other post-fight in a UFC PPV Main Event? Something tells me it wouldn’t be pretty for that person. People in the past got in trouble in the UFC during PPV events for much much less.
And where was Momma Rousey where Ronda was growing up? I think she forgot those lessons on class and maturity as I find neither can be found in Rousey. (And by the way, if you watch the full season you’ll see the episode where she brings her mom in to watching training and speak with/to the fighters. There’s something about her that is equally as frightening. Better yet, she’s lashing out about people calling Ronda a ‘Cry Baby’.)
She was probably too busy pushing Ronda into being the complete championship level nutcase she current appears to be. Who cares if your a champion if you can’t even respond to even the mildest perceived provocation (a lot of it is in her own head) with nothing more than a middle finger and threats of bodily harm?
Ronda even went so far to call Miesha Tate’s unibrow prank on Edmond “racist”. WTF. There are plenty of non-Armenian’s with unibrows including women. Pick a nationality I’m sure you can find a unibrow (or a brow formerly known as a unibrow).
And Edmond’s paranoia isn’t helping Ronda’s cause either. They’re starting to look like two paranoid peas in the same padded pod. Crayons and coloring books anyone?
(I wonder if Ronda was like this before Edmond? Probably, but I’m sure he’s not improving the situation.)
Lastly, I’m not convinced Rousey is a good coach regardless of everything she can do. I think she’s distracted from coaching the show. She must expend immense amounts of mental energy hating Meisha.
I mean it looks like she’s not analyzing or scouting the match-ups.
I believe the only reason she’s won three fights is because the two male fighters completely outclassed and out-sized Miesha’s fighters. Her female fighter was an 8x (I think that’s the right state) boxing champ which goes a long way in preventing someone from executing the ground game (well or at all), especially if the fight goes deep into the second or third round. (The main observation I have so far is that the veteran female fighters known for their ground games, who have been unsuccessful, seem to gas somewhere between the end of the first round and the middle of the second. It’s not that different that the evolution we’ve seen of the men’s game over the last 20 years.) And neither Ronda or Edmond had to teach this girl how to box.
There’s so much to say here, yet so little time, so I’ll stop now. Enjoy the read!
You shouldn’t tag your hate. People go to the Ronda tag to see Ronda, not stuff like this.
Secondly, I’m sure she’s sorry she’s human. How dare she, really. She legitimately hates Miesha- who legitimately hates her too- and the fact that Miesha has devoted her time on the show to posting pictures and pulling pranks on Ronda just to piss her off somehow gets glossed over.
Oh yeah, Miesha’s a pillar of goodness and virtue.
If the person you hated most in the world spent every day pulling shit on you, you’d want to beat their ass too. It’s human nature.
If you want to classify my post as hate, you’re entitled to that opinion.
I don’t hate Ronda.
And if she wasn’t human I doubt I’d have any opinion about her.
I am just presenting a single, albeit opinionated, side based on what I’ve seen of Ronda’s personality on TUF18. I wouldn’t walk up to her and flip her off or curse at her. I wouldn’t forget to hit the brakes on my car if she happens to fall in front of it. I wouldn’t shy away from having a 1-on-1 conversation with her so she can explain her side of the story.
Hate is a very strong word that I believe people throw around too lightly. I I believe hate is something that burns inside of you like a forest fire. It smolders and lingers never truly going away. Setting aside hate is worse that quitting the most addictive drug you can find. It’s unhealthy and affects everything you do in life, but yet we all find ourselves hanging on to some.
I know who I hate. It’s not Ronda.
I respect her as a fighter, just not as a citizen.
If you truly hate someone you’re not respecting anything about them. If they come running out of a burning building carrying a crying infant you hope they die of smoke inhalation. That’s hate.
But I digress.
If you believe that everyone on Tumblr uses the Ronda related tags in search of good things about Rhonda you’re entitled to that opinion too.
Without access to the metrics we’ll never know for sure.
I personally believe you will find a very large contingent (probably male and female alike) looking for naked or nearly naked photos of Ronda. I am not one of that contingent. I’ve never even looked at the Ronda tag myself.
Some look for the other aspects of the story - more opinions; some like mine and some not.
Others look for a clip of how Ronda pulled off that arm bar on Tate the last time, so they can figure out how to replicate that move. Those people don’t care about any of the above.
But Ronda is the one making a spectacle out of herself. She’s the one flipping people off, cursing repeatedly and making threats. I give her an “A” for effort and passion, but that doesn’t make her behavior acceptable. I spent enough days either in detention, ground or at in-school suspension to learn those lessons.
If your kid turned around flipped people off, cursed repeatedly at people, and made threats in school, how do you think that would turn out?
Most people had A LOT of people at school that they didn’t like, faculty and students alike, yet the number of kids cursing at or threatening teachers, historically, has been the (louder) minority.
MMA is a sport AND a business. In my opinion that means it requires a lot more composure and professionalism, or reserve, than Ronda’s showing.
She’s coming off as angry, classless emotionally fragile and humorless.
There’s a part of me that wonders how far she would come off the rails if she lost the title.
Furthermore, I never implied Miesha was a pillar of virtue. Based upon the most recent episode of TUF18 I would even question her ability to coach a team as she’s now beginning to neglect fighters.
But Miesha does know how to play to the camera in a PR positive way. She isn’t flipping people off. She isn’t cursing to the point in time where you’ve got successive bleeps. And her assistant coaches aren’t following suit. Have a little self control folks.
As for pranks - she’s following in the footsteps of her predecessors by playing pranks on the other team. Dana White even said it - they’re been part of the Ultimate Fighter since day 1 and they’ve been fairly well received historically. Dana White even went so far as to say “…if this was any other season…” we probably wouldn’t even be having this conversation.
Lastly, if there was anything interesting to write about Miesha I would, but in truth we’ve learned little to nothing about her on the show. If anything she’s been a slightly less than prototypical “other coach” on TUF18. She’s borderline boring and unremarkable.
And that’s all I wrote.