Rousey wants ‘to earn’ her UFC belt

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

“When they [UFC] brought in the guys from WEC they gave (featherweight champion) Jose Aldo and (bantamweight champion) Dominick Cruz their belts,” Rousey told “They did that to me as well when they brought the women’s division over. But I don’t feel like I’ve really earned it.

“When [UFC president] Dana [White] gave me the belt I told him I didn’t want it, I wanted to fight for it. But he said, ‘I’m going to give it to you anyway and you can think whatever you want.’”

“I’m prepared for everything,” Rousey said. “I train to be a mixed martial artist, not to be an arm-bar specialist. I train to be prepared for the worst-case scenario.

“The first round actually was always my worst. I used to call it first-round-itis when I was doing judo.

“It’s so funny to hear all these girls say, ‘if I get her out of the first round I’m going to see the defeat in her eyes.’ I’m like, ‘dude, I’m just opening up. You don’t want to see what the second round looks like.’”

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