The story of Ronda Rousey is one that has inspired many. It’s a story that continues to be told through different mediums and is seen through different sets of eyes. Most importantly, it’s a story that is still being written.
The Mundo Sisters, a sibling director team consisting of Rena Croshere Mundo and Nadine Mundo, recently released their piece on Rousey as a part of espnW’s “Nine for IX” short series. They caught some great footage (particularly of Rousey and her head trainer Edmond Taverydan training on the beach) and it tells a great story for the amount of time they were given. As far as her UFC career goes it focuses heavily on the historic first ever women’s title fight between Rousey and Liz Carmouche that headlined UFC 157.
As a fan of not only Rousey, but what she has done for women’s mixed martial arts in her short time with the sport, I feel like a lot of the hate directed toward her is due solely to not knowing her complete story. It comes from the folks who made their own story about her after seeing her not shake a bitter rivals hand. Maybe they don’t like the competitive snarl on her face before she enters the cage. Or maybe they just don’t like her cockiness, the same cockiness we’ve come to admire in our top male athletes over the years.
“I don’t want little girls to have the same ambitions as me,” Rousey said to close out this refreshing Mundo Sisters short. “But I want them to know that it’s ok to be ambitious. And I don’t want them to say the same things that I do. But I want them to know that it’s ok to say whatever it is that’s on their mind.” It’s quotes like these that show us Rousey’s built-in maturity in Rousey. She’s accepted her role as a role model, and she’s grounded enough to not force feed her morals down the throats of her fans. Instead, she simply has a message to deliver, and the message is a positive one. It’s an age-old one. It’s one that sometimes we do not here unless it’s given to us by someone we admire. Someone we look up to. Be yourself and say whatever is on your mind. Strive for greatness and don’t let anything hold you back.
Like Rousey or not, we’re watching a rare revolutionary sports figure grow before our eyes. Her words, and this footage, you can go ahead and add it to this one of the most important stories being told in the world of sports today. And like the Ali’s, the Jordan’s, and all of the other great ones before her, it may take you a little while to understand what’s going on. It’s true, sometimes we just cannot appreciate or respect what we cannot fully understand. Or maybe she’s just someone you love to have and you know what – that’s fine. Like she’s stated before, and like her Mom, Judo champion Dr. AnnMaria De Mars reiterates in this video, you can either love her or hate her – as long as you debate her.