Rousey: McMann didn't want what came along with championship

June 28, 2014

In her last title defense, Ronda Rousey defeated Sara McMann in the first round by TKO stoppage, but Rousey said recently she felt maybe McMann didn't really want to be the champion:

"I think that could have been what happened to Sara McMann," said Rousey, who meets Alexis Davis next weekend in Las Vegas. "I don't think she really wanted what came along with being the UFC champion. She did, really, zero media for the whole thing, because she felt like the media would interfere with her training. Well, the media needs to be part of her training."

Rousey explained that she considers her media obligations to be an extension of her training camp, since cameras follow the fighters all over the building on fight night whether or not they want them there.

"When it comes down to it, when it comes to the day that you're fighting, you could have avoided the cameras all that you want," Rousey said. "But they're in there in that locker room with you, and they're in your face while you're walking out. And they're filming you when you're fighting. And so of all the preparation that you've done that had no cameras involved, when they are involved, it's not going to be the same. A lot of people aren't going to want that and aren't ready for it and they're not going to enjoy it."

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