Ronda Rousey has enjoyed success in a number of combat fields, starting with his Olympic bronze medal in judo at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Following that success, she has become a trailblazer in women’s sports and an MMA icon.
The 35-year-old became the first-ever women’s UFC star, and upon winning the Women’s Bantamweight Championship went on an undefeated streak of twelve wins and headlined major pay-per-view events.
However, following her defeat to Holly Holm in November 2015 and her subsequent comeback loss to Amanda Nunes a year later, the UFC Hall of Famer still has her detractors. Criticising her legacy in MMA and her move to WWE.
One woman who has spoken out against those who throw shade at Rousey, is current WWE Superstar and long-time friend Shayna Baszler. Speaking on Ryan Satin’s Out of Character podcast, the fellow Four Horsewomen admitted that the criticism of Ronda is something that really bothers her.
“Here’s the thing, I know Ronda enough to know that she does not spend her time on social media. Anytime she comments is because someone has said, ‘Hey, Ronda, you should comment on this,’ which isn’t often because she’ll still be like, ‘Why? Who cares?’ I get frustrated when it’s a little more selfish than that, I get frustrated if I ever were to speak out. If someone were to say something like, ‘Name the top three women’s fighters of all time.’ If I put Ronda in that list, immediately, they’re like, ‘Nope, she got exposed.’”
“Even now, it’s bothering me in a hypothetical. Just because she lost and you didn’t like her personality, you’re letting it cloud the fact that she changed women’s fighting. There would not be women in the UFC, at least not for a while, if it wasn’t for her.”
“To deny that she did great things, to discredit her just because she had a loss and you didn’t like her personality, I feel like if she had lost and then came on a podcast and been like, ‘I lost,’ and been super humble and not Ronda, not herself, people would say she’s the greatest ever, but because she lost and took it to heart and hated it, people hate her, so they have to discredit everything about it.”
“That’s annoying to me. I can say that I might not enjoy that Amanda Nunes beat Ronda and talked smack about her after, but I can say that Amanda Nunes is one of the best women’s fighters of all time. I can do that. It bothers me that regular fans can’t do that.”
Ronda will next be in action against Baszler’s tag team partner Natalya this Saturday at WWE Money in the Bank. As the pair square-off for Rousey’s SmackDown Women’s Championship.