Ronda Rousey gets another point for being a body-positive role model. The MMA fighter posted a photo on Instagram from her appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (where she chatted about attending the Marine Corps Ball with a fan and her Holly Holm rematch). But her beloved fans started freaking out in the comments, crying "photoshop!" and asking why her arms and face looked smaller.
She responded ten hours later in a new Instagram post with the retouched and unretouched photos side by side, along with a sincere apology: "I have to make an apology to everyone - I was sent a picture to share on social for Fallon that was altered without me knowing to make my arms look smaller," she wrote in the caption. "I won't say by who - I know it was done with severely misplaced positive intentions."
The UFC spoke out Friday afternoon, telling TMZ that the Fallon show had no role in the altering, that it was someone on Ronda's team who did it, and that Ronda herself didn't know. If there's anything we know about Rousey, it's that she's not the type to hide behind Photoshop. After all, she just bared it all—in nothing but body paint—for the second time in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. She's been a champion of body positivity, and has always been proud of what her hard work has done to her body: "I think it's femininely badass as f*ck—because there's not a single muscle on my body that isn't for a purpose," she said in a UFC video in July 2015. (We agree—which is why she's on our list of Women That Prove Being Strong Is Dead Sexy.)
Her comment on the apology post continued: "this goes against everything I believe and I am extremely proud of every inch of my body. And I can assure you all it will never happen again. I could not be more appalled and hope you all forgive me."
No one is perfect—including Rousey—and she's the first to admit it. But how she handled this apology seems about as good as it can get. There are countless times when she's inspired us to kick some ass, but this just makes her our favorite female athlete (maybe ever). We'll consider those haters KO'ed.