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Rousey to Rome: “I would rather die than lose”

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UFC women’s bantamweight kingpin Ronda Rousey made her return appearance to the Jim Rome on Showtime program tonight and as always, the champ dropped more than a few headline making quotes.

While she may currently be sporting a perfect mixed martial arts record of 10-0, Rousey is no stranger to losing in competition at the highest level. In the following clip, Rousey explains why she would rather die than lose a fight.

“I would rather die than lose. I know that feeling so well. It’s not that I never lost it’s that I’ve lost at the worst times so I know what a loss is. And, that’s why I want to win so much more than the other girls. My mom was the world champion in Judo and she’s the first American to ever do it. I had my shot to be like my mom and win the world championship in Judo and I lost. It feels like dying to me. I’d rather die.”

Rousey’s UFC debut against Liz Carmouche remains her toughest test to date, regardless of what any MMA pundits will tell you. While Rousey may have been able to dispose of Carmouche before the end of the first round, she did encounter the first and only time of her career thus far where she would have to truly defend herself.

“With Liz Carmouche I thought I could die for sure; Yah –  cuz she had got me. I blocked the choke and so she turned it into a neck crank and I felt my jaw dislocate and I was thinking, I’m like, I would rather break my neck than lose this fight.”

On the Ray Rice situation:

“One thing that really surprised me is that she married him after that. I think that she deserves better and I wish that she knew that.”

How do you know when it’s time to no longer fight:

“That’s one big worry of mine. There’s so many people out there that fight too long. I don’t know how I’m going to deal with it. I tried stepping away from Judo and I’ve never been so depressed and lost in my life. I don’t know how I’m going to handle it. I’m afraid of that. I’m afraid of life after.”

On being a pretty fighter:

“It’s the pretty fighters that you have to look out for,” “Why is that, Rome asked.” “Because, they’re the ones that don’t get hit,” Rousey giggled. “If you think about it, someone’s all gnarled up, and like, oh man, that person’s been through some battle… If I’m coming out and looking fine – I’m probably the better fighter. Not the one that’s all gnarled up, so you know, I feel like that’s a really good gauge.”

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