Ronda Rousey is a “love me or hate me” kind of fighter, and though she has plenty of loyal fans, she also has her fair share of haters.
We’ve already run down 5 moments that made us love Ms. Rousey, but in this article, we’ve listed down the top 5 Ronda moments that fueled her haters and lost her some love. Check them out.
When she went full Diaz
Leading up to her rematch with Miesha Tate, Rousey went full Diaz. NEVER go full Diaz. She was flipping off Tate whenever she could: at press conferences, during TUF episodes, and even after Coach’s Challenges. Her actions were criticized as classless and her role model status suffered because of them.
That awkward interview
“Cupcake” Tate seems to bring out the best and worst in Rousey. And in this interview leading up to UFC 168, Rousey just came off as smug and bratty. She later on clarified that she was affected at that point by the recent death of Fast and Furious co-star Paul Walker; regardless, this awkward interview gave Rousey haters a lot more ammunition.
When she dissed Tate’s handshake
Things were very intense between Rousey and Tate going into their rematch, and after the champ armbarred “Cupcake” at UFC 168, she made it clear that the animosity wasn’t just for show. Tate offered a handshake after their fight, but Rousey just walked away (oh snap!). “Rowdy” may have stuck by her principles, but the Rousey hate went through the roof when this happened.
When she said she could beat Cain Velasquez
Rousey said that, under the right circumstances, she could beat heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez, and that didn’t sit well with the haters. You could interpret Rousey’s statement as either confident or cocky; it’s obvious how her detractors chose to interpret it.
When she claimed to have the best striking in the game
Despite her vast improvements in the standup department, I’m sure that even Rousey fans were rolling their eyes when she claimed that she had the best striking in MMA. But to add fuel to the Rousey hate flame, she went on to win her next fight via TKO, her first career finish via strikes. To add even more fuel to that fire, the UFC then announced that she had scored the fastest KO in UFC women’s history. After these series of events, it was clear that the Rousey haters were here to stay.