Ronda Rousey's mom on TUF: 'I am not amused'


Ronda Rousey famously learned to fight under the guidance of her mother, Dr. Ann Maria Rousey DeMars, the first American to win a World Judo Championship. Dr. De Mars was given to taking maxims like “Practice doesn’t make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect” and making them more pointed.

“You know what happens when you practice half-@##, Ronda?" Dr. DeMars asked her daughter. "You f@#%ing lose!”

Ronda's mom has a blog on achieving success in business, sports and academics, that includes random thoughts on Judo, parenting, mixed martial arts, winning & whatever she feels like rambling on.

The most recent entry is on her visit to The Ultimate Fighter 18.

The Ultimate Fighter: I am not amused

I only had one day to observe some of what went on. I'm trying not to be a hypocrite and judge someone (cough Dana White cough) on just a small bit of what I have observed, especially if Ronda gives them a good recommendation.

From the fraction of the entire time I observed, it appeared that Ronda was taunted quite a bit without being allowed to respond, with a deliberate intent to create  a certain image for television.  Maybe they'll show some of that on the episode, maybe not. For those of you who say she cries too much - she's always cried like that all of her life. Who the hell are you people  to enforce a crying quota? If she cries over sad movies, happy endings and losing her car keys, what's it to you? I'm the opposite of that. I've cried three times in the last twenty years, and one of those was when Ronda's father died. So, she can have my share of the quota and it averages out.

Let me tell you a few things about the real Ronda.

Right before she left, she autographed some t-shirts to be auctioned off to raise funds for Frida Wahlberg, who was injured in a world boxing title fight. They raised $2,000. (I think it's actually still in the bank for Ronda to send her when she gets back from Bulgaria.)

She also gave her hoodie from the TUF show and autographed some other shirts so we could send four kids and a teacher to a tournament in Kansas City. We raised $2,400 auctioning the stuff on ebay and then she donated $500 of her own money so we can take a fifth student. So, this is what Ronda has been doing.

Incidentally, she started the program at Gompers Middle School and taught there as a volunteer for two years before her mixed martial arts career heated up.

This is just a FEW of the things she has done for charity, for the community. There are a lot more. And yet, she's not a nice person because she says, "F---". Are you f---ing kidding me?

You know, of those thousands of people who were fed from her various free rice contests, I'll bet not one of them would have been happier to go without food unless it came from someone who talked like Strawberry Shortcake.

Since Ronda steals my lines all of the time, I'll take one of hers:
     To be a champion, you have to be willing to let your heart be broken.

Ronda cares if she wins. When she loses it feels like the whole world fell in. She's extremely loyal to people and when they are hurt, it hurts her.

People are sometimes offended by Ronda because she does not fit how they think she should act. At Ronda's age, given the same degree of provocation, I would have punched out a few people, hit someone with a chair, told everyone to f--- off and walked out. This is why our family cannot do a reality TV show. So, no, I am the LAST person to ask don't I think she should behave differently.

Some of those same people will argue, "I don't care what the instigation, you should never  ---- " fill in the blank. They are entitled to their opinions. I am equally entitled to my opinion that they have their heads up their asses.

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Ice Cold Igors Right Hand site profile image  

10/6/13 1:40 PM by Ice Cold Igors Right Hand


Ice Cold Igors Right Hand site profile image  

10/6/13 1:40 PM by Ice Cold Igors Right Hand

So what's your excuse, then?

ToneybyArmbar site profile image  

10/4/13 9:39 AM by ToneybyArmbar

Who gives a flying fuck about this old washed up hag?

Atkinson site profile image  

10/4/13 5:48 AM by Atkinson

Ah ok thanks I had no idea.. Looks like we don't need to look any further to determine why Ronda is so fucked up in the head then.

outtrigger site profile image  

10/4/13 1:22 AM by outtrigger

SmackyBear, I am telling you that there is a difference between judo and other sport. Judo is a combat sport, a JAPANESE combat sport, and JAPANESE NATIONAL sport, where the samurai spirit still means alot, and you are judged by your character. The level of toughness in Judo is unreal, especially in Jappan. We had a top HIGHSCHOOL from Japan visiting the club I went to years ago, their senior ran our adult class, the practice was nuts even for our standard, and we thought our couches were tough. During a randori, one of their top kid threw one of our black belt and broke his elbow. Their head coach was wondering why we stop the randori, just tape it up and keep going he said. Our couch has to interject and speak to him in japanese that we don't take it so seriously here at our club. Anyone who is as good as Rhonda's mom would have spent alot of time in Japan, and I have no doubt she sees judo more than a sport, but a way of life and has to live up to the bushido code.

rudj site profile image  

10/3/13 1:29 PM by rudj

At least her mom speaks clearly, Ronda's mumbling is just riddikulus.  

tanner904 site profile image  

10/3/13 8:04 AM by tanner904

Question? Was her mom this popular before roused did anything in the UFC? I know she was the first American to win some title but did she have all these blogs before Rhonda became who she was? Another words did she get a big following on her merits alone or her merits but only after Rhonda became this mega star? I can kinda see where Rhonda gets it from and not in a good way jmo

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10/3/13 7:06 AM by SmackyBear

An argument that other "judo couches" are also cruel SOBs is pretty weak IMO.You hear this same super competitive bullshit in every sport and competition. "I'm just turning my little kid into a star and allowing them to live their dream!" But it's no justification for torturing little kids. Adults have to be more responsible than children, not less, and lookout for their welfare even when it's hard and upsets "their" dream of being an Olympic champion.

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10/3/13 6:16 AM by Blazing Knees

Now I know why I never wanted to trane Judo

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10/3/13 5:57 AM by JudoknowNothing