Even by her standards, Ronda Rousey has been receiving a lot of media coverage lately, in the build up to her Strikeforce fight on March 3rd against Meisha Tate, and without a doubt, it is the most highly anticipated women’s MMA match since the Gina Carano vs Chris Cyborg fight in August of 2009. In her first interview with TapouT Radio since Chris Cyborg tested positive for performance enhancing drugs, Ronda voiced her views on the subject, and how she saw it impacting on women’s MMA.
“Chris Cyborg was abusing for so long, it changed the bone structure of her face. Just because everyone else is doing it, I mean, that’s a reason not to. It’s one of the reasons why I’ve always fought clean and it never bothered me, even if I knew. Even in the Olympics I knew a lot of the other girls were doping and it is just so much more satisfying to win without it, because A) You know you’re that much better than everybody else and B) the people who take steroids, it ultimately comes from insecurity. It comes from them thinking that they’re not good enough without it. You know what? I’m crazy enough to think that I could win a fight on one leg in a ring of fire. I don’t need any drugs and when I see that people feel a need to do that, it’s a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of mental weakness and that they can’t find their own confidence without feeling like they need to cheat.
I don’t think this has thrown a monkey wrench into the credibility of women’s MMA. I think it threw a monkey wrench into the credibility of Chris Cyborg, and I think you have to rethink all of her wins before, over Gina Carano, Marloes Coenen, and all these girls. You know, it’s not like she beat them on technique, and if she wasn’t doping, she wouldn’t have won any of those fights. I think it adds to the credibility of those other girls who actually fought with technique and integrity. They weren’t being crushed by this chick. She was using, and you know what, if they were using too, it would have been a different ball game. I think women’s MMA is better in general with her gone, because I can’t think of any little girl who would watch her an be like “Mommy I want to be that when I grow up.” If I was a little girl, and I saw that, I’d be like, ‘Eww is that what you have to be like to be a good fighter? I don’t know if I want to be a fighter ‘
I think with her gone, yeah she was fun to watch, in a freak show kind of way, but I don’t think she was doing any favors in attracting new women that wanted to be fighters.”
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You can listen to the audio from this interview at TapouT Radio