“Rowdy” Ronda Rousey is training for her upcoming UFC 190 bout against Bethe Correia at a cabin in the mountains to avoid all the distractions of being a celebrity fighter.
Rousey has a part in the latest “Entourage” movie and has just released her autobiography. To ensure that she is totally focused on her Aug. 1 bout with Correia, she has been posting videos and photos of her workouts throughout the trip.
All of them are impressive – and probably frightening for Correia – because Rousey’s work ethic is formidable. Although now a multimillionaire, she still trains like a hungry contender.
The undefeated UFC bantamweight champion has been sharpening her striking because she cannot rely totally on her famed armbar technique to finish opponents.
Despite the 2008 Olympic judo bronze medalist’s fame for her merciless take-downs and deadly armbar submissions which have finished nine of her 11 wins, her training sessions are as tough as anyone in combat sports.
During a recent media stop to promote the bout – which is at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro – it was clear that Rousey (11-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) and the 31-year-old Brazilian (9-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) are heading for a magnificent fight.
The 28-year-old Californian details in her autobiography “My Fight/Your Fight” how the lessons she learned from combat sports have been applied to her life experiences.
“I realized every single challenge that I came across, I related it to some sort of principle of fighting and that’s how I got through it,” Rousey said recently.
For example, when playing on an ex-boyfriend’s computer years ago, she was shocked to discover he was secretly photographing her naked.
After destroying his computer, she decided to thwart any potential plot he might have to sell the photos.
It fueled her decision to pose nude for the Body Issue in ESPN The Magazine, partly to reclaim her narrative and no longer fear the pictures being leaked.