Rousey opens up on importance of TUF 18


On the UFC 158 prelim show on Fuel TV, UFC President Dana White announced that the next season of the Ultimate Fighter would feature both men and women in the bantamweight division. This will be the first time women are featured on the show and it was a no-brainer that champion Ronda Rousey would coach.

Rousey recently spoke to Brain Mazique of B/R and opened up a little bit about what having this role means to her:

BM: Most successful people aren't shocked with their success because part of being successful is working hard and expecting to succeed.

But I wrote an article before the Carmouche fight in which I talked about how much pressure it seems is on your shoulders considering most MMA fans associate women in MMA with you.

That may be unfair, but if you were to lose early in your career, it would be a big blow to the sport. Do you acknowledge that, and if so, how does that make you feel?

RR: Yeah, I acknowledge that I have a lot of responsibility, but I think that's part of what makes TUF 18 such a great idea.

It's going to bring a lot of other women visibility and have the fans get to know them so I don't have the lion's share of the marketing anymore.

I want women's MMA to thrive and be here to stay. I don't want it to be dependent on one person. You don't hear about if Anderson Silva loses they may get rid of his entire division.

You know, that's not something anyone even talks about. That's how I want women's MMA to be. I want it to be where if I retire, fans will be like, "Whatever, we have several other people coming up that we know."

This TUF is the perfect way to address that issue and take a lot of the load off of my shoulders and share it with the other girls that not only need it, but they want it and are willing to fight for it.

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Bentleysuper8 site profile image  

3/27/13 2:01 PM by Bentleysuper8

A brief excerpt from an interview with Malcolm Gladwell regarding his book "Outliers"."5. Doesn't that make it sound like success is something outside of an individual's control?I don't mean to go that far. But I do think that we vastly underestimate the extent to which success happens because of things the individual has nothing to do with. Outliers opens, for example, by examining why a hugely disproportionate number of professional hockey and soccer players are born in January, February and March. I'm not going to spoil things for you by giving you the answer. But the point is that very best hockey players are people who are talented and work hard but who also benefit from the weird and largely unexamined and peculiar ways in which their world is organized. I actually have a lot of fun with birthdates in Outliers. Did you know that there's a magic year to be born if you want to be a software entrepreneur? And another magic year to be born if you want to be really rich? In fact, one nine year stretch turns out to have produced more Outliers than any other period in history. It's remarkable how many patterns you can find in the lives of successful people, when you look closely."While not the end all and be all, luck exists.

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3/27/13 10:26 AM by The Engineer

Exactly right, successful people network, they research, they put in the time it takes to make sure they “are in the right place at the right time” or “just happen to know the right people”. It sounds lazy, “uninformed, and dumb” to assume that more than a very small percentage of successful people are where they are due primarily to luck.Most successful people “make their own luck”. They not only know how to recognize opportunity, but make sure they have demonstrated the skills that would be required to handle the kind of opportunity they are looking for before it arises. Too many people confuse money with success, you can be born in to money, you can get lucky and come into money, or win money. You can’t be born into, or win success. There are plenty of spoiled rich kids that are screw ups and can’t accomplish anything more than a 12 step program in rehab; those people are not considered successful. Success by definition is succeeding in accomplishing a goal. To do that requires that you put in the effort to define those goals and the steps it will take to achieve them. That is why most successful people are not surprised when they succeed, because they know what goal they are working towards.

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3/27/13 7:19 AM by Emphatik

I totally disagree. I think its a fair statement. Yes some people get lucky and catch breaks. But the people that have really worked hard to achieve something are the least suprised, because they know its just their hard work paying off.I find its usually people who have never really succeeded at anything because they wont sacrifice or work hard enough that believe others just 'got lucky'Samuel Goldwyn has a couple of great quotes about luck - "The harder I work, the luckier I get""I think luck is the sense to recognise an opportunity and the ability to take advantage of it. The man who can smile at his breaks and grab his chances gets on."

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3/27/13 6:42 AM by fightharder

''Most successful people aren't shocked by their succes''   WTF ....i appreciate succesful people have to work hard for it but stop kidding people by overlooking the simple factor of luck. That statement really sounded fucking douche,uninformed and dumb.   As for Roussey,still not the biggest fan but i appreciate her sentiment. She genuinely seemed to care about the state of MMA. I personally do not think the mixed format is the best platform but i can appreciate that one should take what one should get.