UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey recently appeared at a media luncheon in LA ahead of her fight February 22 vs. Olympic medalist in wrestling Sara McMann.
Trent Reinsmith from BE has the story.
When Miesha Tate tapped to Rousey, she stood up and offered her hand. Then, in a move that generated more boos than UFC commentator Joe Rogan said he had ever heard, Rousey turned on her heel, and hugged her cornermen.
"I had a couple people talking to me about the handshake thing," said Rousey. "And you know what I think is the most iconic picture in all of sports? Ali standing over an unconscious Sonny Liston and taunting an unconscious opponent on the ground. How unsportsmanlike is that?"
"If I knocked Miesha out and stood over her and I was like, "Yeah, that's right you stupid f---ing b----,' you know what everyone would say to me? You know how much everyone would freak out and call me the worst person in the world? That is one of the most iconic images in all of sports, and it was an unsportsmanlike moment."
"I've never acted like a nice, sweet, young American girl," said Rousey. "I always wanted to be the heel, and I'm sure people are still going to boo me. It's not like they forgot about it and that's fine. That's the way it is. It's like Saint McMann, they're going to love her."
Rousey related a conversation she had with fellow WMMA fighter Shayna Baszler, she said that
Rousey also recalled a conversation she had with fighter Shayna Baszler. According to Rousey, Baszler told her "Heels become legends."
"Ali was the heel, he got a lot of boos, and now he's the greatest of all time. Tyson, people were calling him an ear-biting rapist, and everybody loves Tyson."
"I'm expecting a lot of boos for a while. Whatever, cheers don't pay for my gas."
"Hopefully people remember my athletic accomplishments more than anything else."
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