While we wait to see what the future holds for Ronda Rousey in the Octagon, she’s using her celebrity to help people and causes in need.
After President Donald Trump signed executive orders to approve the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines on Tuesday, Rousey shared two articles on her Facebook page. The first focused on Trump signing the orders; the second was about a pipeline in Canada leaking over 50,000 gallons of oil in an aboriginal community. As if that didn’t make it clear how Rousey felt about the news, she then made the trip to Standing Rock to be with protesters.
According to TMZ, Rousey and Olympic judo athlete Pauline Macias brought “fresh fruit, veggies, bread, tents and wood-burning stoves” with them to the protest site in North Dakota. And while it’s believed Rousey tried to maintain a low profile while she was there, it didn’t prevent her from taking pictures.
I had one of the best road trips of my life with @rondarousey to deliver supplies to the protesters at Standing Rock! This was such an incredible experience, & I can’t thank my friend enough for allowing me to be a part of it! #NODAPL #StandWithStandingRock #StandingRock #ArmbarNation #NoDak #UFC #RondaRousey #PitaLiving #TeamPita #TeamRousey #Activist #mma #wmma #judo #ijf #RoadTrips #RV #StandingRock #TeamBG @ballengeegroup
As Uproxx pointed out, Rousey joined the likes of John Cena, Serena Williams, LeBron James and Cristiano Ronaldo last year as some of the most charitable athletes in the world, so it’s not a huge surprise to see her at Standing Rock. The fighter has made it very clear in the past that she’s also not a Trump supporter – in her words, “I’m not voting for a reality TV star to be president.” It’s probably why Trump said he was glad to see Rousey lose to Holly Holm at UFC 193 before calling her “not a nice person.”