Celebrated MMA fighter Ronda Rousey doesn't hold back when it comes to the customary trash-talking before every match. But a recent interview with TMZ shows a different, more accepting, side of her.
When asked about fellow fighter Manny Pacquiao's recent remarks that gay people are "worse than animals," Rousey responded:
"I understand that a lot of people use religion as a reason to be against gay people, but there was no 'Thou Shall Not Be Gay'," she said. "God never said that, and I really think that our pope now is boss. He was saying something the other day that religion should be all-encompassing and should be about loving everyone. And I think people take the wrong message sometimes." (It should be noted, however, that the Catholic Church doesn't officially support gay marriage.)
Like Pacquiao, Rousey was raised as a devout Roman Catholic and has turned to the saints as her personal heroes. As a teen, she took the confirmation name Joan of Arc to receive the sacrament because, as she told the New York Times, "St. Joan of Arc was the only girl saint that killed and kicked ass on her way to martyrdom. I was like, 'Go Joan!' "
Even if you don't agree with all of her points, you've gotta love her fighting spirit both in and out of the cage. (P.S. Did you see Rousey's response to Photoshop on Instagram?)