After Ronda Rousey winning the first ever woman’s MMA bout in the UFC last night at UFC 157 she spoke to Ariel Helwani about this momentous moment in her career.
Check out the keynotes below and scroll down to watch the interview for yourselves.
– Rousey says she felt at home in the Octagon and it didn’t seem odd at all. She didn’t feel particularly nervous either – she says that her biggest nerves came during her Strikeforce fight with Julia Budd though she’s not really sure why that was the case.
– She looked in real danger early in the first round as Carmouche got onto her back and applied a face crank, but Rousey claims she felt “safe and in control”, and her biggest concern was actually keeping her sports bra where it was supposed to be!
Later she does acknowledge that was the toughest situation she’s been in so far in the sport – though in fairness there aren’t a whole lot of other bad spots to choose from.
– Carmouche actually came away with bite marks from that maneouver, but Rousey says that wasn’t intentional and was more down to the fact that her opponent had her arm wrapped around her face and in her mouth which was almost pushing her mouthguard out.
– She jokes that she was multi-tasking by attempting to keep her bra up while fending off Carmouche’s submission attempt. She plans on making a few wardobe changes next time around so she doesn’t have to worry about things like that.
– As for her next opponent, Rousey says she’ll be watching the Miesha Tate Vs Cat Zingano fight at the TUF 16 finale in April from Octagon-side so it appears that one will decide who fights her next.