Ronda Rousey Gets Schooled for Poor Sportsmanship In and Out of the Ring
After the reigning champ lost to Holly Holm in UFC 193, celebrities piled on to teach the MMA fighter a lesson in humility
Let's be honest: Trash talking is part of the fun of UFC fights. Watching the crazy-tough fighters get in each other's faces, brag about their assured win (they're always sure they'll win), and even insult each other's moms pumps up both the competitors and the fans before anyone steps foot in the ring. But, like all good things, it can go too far. And Ronda Rousey, the first female to dominate MMA, is known for talking as tough as she fights. (It's all to Defend Her Badass Status.) So far, she's been able to back up her big mouth with big wins, but when she got knocked out by Holly Holm in Friday's championship match, people said it was karma and lined up to take their own (verbal) shots.
Before the fight started, Rousey made news for her characteristic dissing of Holm, saying that Holm "just isn't a champion" and that she should take her money for losing and go away. On Instagram, she taunted Holm, calling her a "fake ass cheap shotting bitch" before adding, "You're getting your ass kicked tomorrow, and I'm really going to enjoy the beating I give you."
But Rousey took the trash talking a step too far when she refused to touch gloves before the fight, showing she thought Holm wasn't even worthy of respect as an opponent. It was this moment of poor sportsmanship that turned many fans against her. And then came the fight the undefeated Rousey swore could never happen: Holm kicked her in the head and neck, not only winning the match in under a minute but knocking Rousey unconscious and sending her to the hospital. Rousey wasn't just beaten, she was demolished.
The response was swift and merciless.
"That's what you get for not touching gloves," Lady Gaga tweeted in all caps. Laila Ali, daughter of Muhammad Ali and a boxer herself, told TMZ Sports it proved Rousey was an amateur. Rapper 50 Cent furthered the feud between Rousey and Floyd Mayweather, gleefully tweeting out a pic of the unconscious fighter. Even Donald Trump got in on the action, tweeting, "Glad to see that @RondaRousey lost her championship fight last night. Was soundly beaten - not a nice person!" (Rich words from someone famous for not being a very nice person.)
So which was worse-Rousey's bad example or everyone's awful responses to what was clearly a scary situation? Who knows, but it makes us want to send everyone to their rooms and tell them not to come out until they can be civil to each other. All this negativity just detracts from the sport. Sure, MMA is about no-holds-barred fighting but you can do that and still follow the basic rule of sportsmanship: Always respect your opponent. (A perfect example? U.S. soccer champ Abby Wambach.)
As for Rousey, she's recovering from her injuries and promises to be back in the ring eventually-a little humbler and wiser, we hope.