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Ronda Rousey Responds to MMA Critics, Says She’s “The Biggest Draw in The Sport”

Kelsey Mowatt

Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey’s been in New York this week to promote her role in the upcoming “Entourage” flick, as well as campaign for pro MMA to be sanctioned in the state. As a result, the UFC bantamweight champ has been doing a ton of media, and not just the MMA circuit.

Recently, Rousey appeared on “The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon, and on Thursday, she was on the set of “Good Morning America“. During the latter segment, Rousey eloquently outlined why pro MMA should be legalized in New York, and also offered this statement (quote via MMA Fighting.com):

“So many ridiculous arguments that MMA is somehow anti-woman. Fighting is not a man’s thing, it’s a human’s thing,” Rousey said. “To say it’s an anti-woman I think it’s an anti-feminist statement, and the UFC… I’m the biggest draw in the sport and I’m a woman. How is that anti-woman?”

It’s a compelling point, and when you consider the amount of movie roles and media coverage Rousey’s been receiving, she very well could be the biggest draw in the sport.

The decorated Judoka was also asked about the argument that MMA is just too violent, and therefore, it shouldn’t be legal anywhere. Rousey responded by saying that critics don’t understand the sport, and further, they don’t see the “art” in mixed-martial-arts. No arguments here.

The 28 year-old’s next bout will take place on August 1st, when she takes on Bethe Correia at UFC 190. The event will go down in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Rousey will be fighting for the first time since UFC 184 last month, when she tapped out Cat Zingano in 14 seconds.

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