Gamburyan: People don’t get Ronda Rousey

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Love her or hate her, Ronda Rousey is one of the most polarizing figures in women’s mixed martial arts. The current UFC women’s champion is currently coaching the Ultimate Fighter against rival Miesha Tate and some of questions her actions on the show. Long time friend and training partner Manny Gamburyan recently explained that people just don’t Ronda:

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“It was a great experience. I looked at it as not a coach but I was part of the fighters also. I trained with them every single day. I sparred, I wrestled, I did jiu-jitsu, and I did conditioning. I felt like I was part of the fighting crew not the coaching crew. We had a great time and it was a great experience. It was eight talented guys and eight talented girls and it was an honor to be a part of it. I was really blessed.”

In the middle of the drama

“(The eyebrow picture) was some shady stuff on their part. It’s a girl thing, you know? You don’t want to get involved or in between Ronda and Miesha. They’re girls, they’re superstars and they’re great fighters. I didn’t want to get involved. That’s girl stuff. But I wanted to be next to her to be a big brother to her and if anything happened I had her back, no doubt.”

Rousey’s image taking a hit

“Listen, Ronda is a fighter. People don’t get her. She’s a very emotional fighter. She takes every step very personal. She’s a different kind of girl. Like I’ve said, I never take anything away from any girl fighter. I think the girls are showing that they belong in the UFC. I’m very happy for them. Ronda is being Ronda. She’s not being fake, she’s not being cocky, that’s her, that’s her personality. She’s a fighter. Everything she takes she takes it very seriously. She’s an emotional girl. Hate her or love her, she’s the greatest of all time. The girl trains freakin’ all the time. She’s always trying to improve, she’s always trying to get better on her feet, get better on her jiu-jitsu, her judo, her wrestling, everything. She’s a hard worker. I’ve known her for many, many years, when she was like very young, I’m not going to just be on her side, but the girl is something special. I’m very honored to be partnered with her and being friends with her and I’m looking forward to being with her the rest of my life, off the mat or on the mat. It doesn’t matter … She always said, I could fight. I said please don’t. You have a pretty face, don’t mess it up. I always laugh about it. But now she is proving me wrong.”

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