Ronda Rousey: What I’m fighting for (it’s not money)
Ramona Shelburne for ESPN The Magazine just did a massive story on Ronda Rousey, ahead of her return to the Octagon vs. new division champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 on December 30. She is currently living in a cabin two hours from LA, and training in a converted detached garage.
“That loss saved me from becoming what I hate – one of those people who live their lives to impress everyone else,” said Rousey. “Who put up a front for the world to admire. Who make sure every charitable act is posted and shared for their own image gain. Who posture and pose for people they care nothing about except for the opinion they have of them.”
“I was just trying to make too many people happy. But when I try and do favors and make everybody else happy, at the end of the day, they walk away happy and I’m the one who has to deal with the depression. All the pay-per-views in the world, all the money in the world, it means f***ing nothing to me because I lost.”
She has her hands wrapped before every session, often with something written on them. These days it’s “FTA, which stands for F*** Them All. Her mother, Dr. AnnMaria De Mars says that isn’t enough.
“F*** everybody is not a good reason to fight,” her mother told her. “I think that’s stupid and bulls*** …. You need something to fight for.”
Money is not what Rousey is fighting for.
“If money is the motivation, then f*** that,” said Rousey. “All these Money people… Money Mayweather, Money McGregor. I see they’re trying to do an angle or whatever. People buy it. … The worship of money in our society is so deep. But just because that’s the easiest way to keep people’s attention or entertain them doesn’t mean that’s the right way.”
“I’ve had no money before, and it wasn’t the end of the world. All I need is me and Travis and our little house in the woods, popping out babies and making snowmen and I’m cool, man. Really, I’m good.”
“I want to be able to walk away with my head held high. It’s like a painter looking at what he made and knowing it’s not done yet. You could get away with it. You could sell that painting and it would sell. But you’ll always know it was never as good as it could have been. I don’t want ‘Good enough’ to be my legacy.”
“I will never put my body at risk for money and views ever again. What makes me happy is winning and being the best in the world and that’s it. F*** all the promotion and energy spent on anything that’s not me winning. And anyone who tries to tell me I owe them energy on frivolous s*** during camp out of ‘loyalty’ or ‘friendship’ deserves no loyalty from me and is no friend of mine.
“This is not a time for f***ing favors. This is a time for redemption and revenge.”
Rousey described her goals to her motgher.
“She sent me a text the other day,” shared Dr. De Mars. “She said, ‘I am doing this to show everybody who believed in me, my little sister, my nieces and my nephew, that there’s nothing so great that you can’t overcome it. You can never fall so far that you can’t rise up.'”
Rousey put it in just nine words, saying, “All I care about is winning this f—ing fight.”