Ronda Rousey's next takedown might be outside of the octagon, tackling body image in the industry

By Char Adams
Updated December 08, 2020 10:42 AM
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UFC fighter Ronda Rousey’s next fight might just be with body-shamers.

“I swear to God, if anyone calls me fat one more time in my life, I’m going to kill them,” the undefeated UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion said recently during a New York Times interview.

Rousey, known for her body confidence, has a perfect record in 12 mixed martial arts fights. But she’s looking for a takedown outside of the octagon, tackling body image in the industry.

“If I can represent that body type of women that isn’t represented so much in media, then I’d be happy to do that,” Rousey told the Times.

“When women say that going on publications directed at men is somehow demeaning, I don’t think that’s true. I think that’s one really effective way to change the societal standard women are held to.”

Rousey has graced the cover of ESPN the Magazine nude, posed for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition 2015 and recently starred in a Carl’s Jr.’s commercial (which in the past has featured Kim Kardashian and Audrina Patridge).

Though Rousey has repeatedly shut down body-shamers and continues to be a picture of body confidence, she explained to the Times that she still experiences pressure to slim down.

The 28-year-old said she once planned to lose weight for a television commercial, “but because somebody said something really rude to me, I came into the shoot purposely way heavier.”

“The campaign ended up being amazing, even though I was heavier just to make a point,” she added.

But Rousey wasn’t always a take-no-crap, super-confident athlete.

She told the Times that during her teenage years she struggled with weight limits for judo tournaments which led to bulimia.

She said she would wear zip-up jackets often because, “I was afraid to show my big arms.”

Now, the 5’7″ fighter isn’t afraid to show off her frame, or talk about her weight. Although she says 148 is her “favorite weight” she likes to get a little bigger than that sometimes, because she has to choose between the look of her breasts and her abs.

“You can’t have both,” she said.