'Rowdy' Bec Rawlings @RowdyBec
Am now going by my maiden name :) 2014 is going to be a good year!! #TUf20 #UFC #TeamRowdy
Aussie fighter 'Rowdy' Bec is wildly popular on the UG for her lively social networking and ferocious fighting.
However, Bec is more then a fighter, she is also a survivor of domestic violence. She took her life back, and has now taken her maiden name back.
She is member of The Ultimate Fighter season 20 which begins filming in May, and wanted a different name to be exposed to hundreds of thousands of new fans.
Damon Martin writing for FOX Sports has the story.
"I've been thinking about it for a long time pretty much as soon as I split up from my husband and I've just been thinking about going back to my roots," she explained. "I'm always a Rawlings, everyone says I have the Rawlings genes – the temper and the fiery attitude. So I've always been known as a Rawlings in my hometown and stuff, so I think it's just about time for me to follow my heart and represent my name, not the past."
"I'm going to gain a lot of exposure on the show and gain a lot of new fans. So I thought now would be the perfect time to gain fans that wouldn't be so confused if I changed the name further down the line. Before I really get into the spotlight I can change it and half of my fan base, if I gain fans after the show, won't be confused it will just be a natural thing to them."
“Before I really get into the spotlight I can change it and half of my fan base, if I gain fans after the show, won't be confused it will just be a natural thing to them.”
There is another female "Rowdy" - UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, but the nickname is not changing.
"I don't think anyone's ready for another 'Rowdy'," Rawlings said with a laugh. "But they don’t have any choice. I'm coming."
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