She’s “a beast,” “the most dominant athlete alive” and “the greatest athlete” UFC president Dana White has ever worked with. So how did Ronda Rousey get that way? Our new profile on the MMA megastar traces her life story, but the above footage of the 28-year-old training in the gym tells the rest of the tale – and explains why her fights (three amateur and 11 pro, with not a single loss among them) tend to end in less than 60 seconds.
“This chick I’m fighting next will never know how many things I’ve done for her to make sure I could personally kick her ass and people would be entertained by it,” Rousey tells us. “See, you let the plant grow and then you fuck the plant up. If only they knew how much I do for them.”
As her head trainer Edmond Tarverdyan at California’s Glendale Fighting Club explains, “She’s a born fighter. Here, we feel bad for her sparring partners. She knocks everybody out, so we hire female world boxing champions because they can take the punishment.”