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Ronda Rousey blog part 2: "I'll show Miesha Tate what pampered and protected means"

Ronda Rousey blog part 2:
February 23rd 2012

I read recently on Miesha's blog that she thinks that she has the heart of a champion because in her first MMA bout was getting punched till she got a bloody nose, was losing a match and then came back to win. She then stated that I've been pampered and protected for my whole career.

Let me give you a little insight into my pampered upbringing.

I remember my first injury very well. I was 11 years old and I broke my big toe doing judo. To an 11 year old this is a very big deal, so I stopped fighting and started to cry. My mother then made me run laps around the mat for the rest for the night. I thought she was just being cruel at the time but she told me, “Sometimes you have to fight when you're injured. You need to know you're capable of that.”

A few years later I was 15 and broke 3 bones in my foot (jumping over a fence, during my first and only attempt to try and ditch class) That weekend my mom sent me up to northern California to fight in two divisions in a tournament that was hosted by the club of one of my biggest rivals at the time.

I was sent with no coach and injured, fought eight matches in front of a biased crowd that were cheering against me. When I asked my mom why she would do something so mean she said “You won't always have a coach, the crowd won't always like you, and you won't always be healthy when you fight. You need to know you can win anyway.”

A few months later I got my face smashed into the mat and cauliflower ear started to swell up. Of course I had to finish practice, after practice the guy who hurt me slapped me in the ear and told me to toughen up. The next week we went into the doctor to get it drained. They cut a big gash in my ear and left a kind of tube in it to let it drain. They wrapped my head up with gauze and sent me home. I still trained that night till the entire headwrap of gauze was soaked in blood… The other kids at school weren't too kind about it either, a muscular girl with deformed ears isn't really ‘Miss Popularity’ material.

Miesha claims I've never tasted my own blood, but I've been inadvertently kneed in the face during training and broke my nose a few times, blood splatter everywhere, I got two very stylish black eyes and continued training without a pause. Honestly, I always thought a broken nose was so minor it wasn't really anything worth mentioning or bragging about.

At 16 I tore my ACL during practice. My mom made me finish training that night as well as the following morning before I got another coach to look at my knee. They sent me in for an MRI and found that my ACL was totally missing. A month or so later I got surgery. Two weeks after surgery I was already back on the mat doing push-ups and sit-ups, whatever I could do without using my knee. A week later I was drilling ne-waza (ground techniques) and continued to only focus on my ground game till I could fight standing again.

At 18 I fought in the German open. My first match was against Finland. I was winning until the last 45 seconds when I tried a risky throw which unfortunately set myself up for an armbar. Before I could believe it, she already dislocated my elbow. I remember thinking: “Well…its already out, tapping won't make it better, I only have 45 seconds…” I didn't tap, I kept fighting and my elbow snapped back into place, she popped it out again before I finally escaped the hold and was able to relocate my elbow a second time. I stood up, continued fighting, and won.

Too bad I only had a two-minute break because I had to fight the world champ from France next. I remember I couldn't even pick my arm up from my side, so I had to lift it to my face with my other arm in order to be able to hold it up. I lost pretty quickly, But Decosse (that was her name) quickly advanced and I was dropped into the loser's bracket to fight back up for third.

I won my next match against a German before having to promptly face Olympic medallist Urska Zolnir from Slovenia. We fought a very close match but I lost. The next day the training camp started and for the following week I sparred with all the best women in the world for two two-hour sessions a day. By the time I got home my elbow was the size of a grapefruit.

 

At 20 I tore the meniscus in my knee almost in half. One half flipped over and it jammed my knee into place. I couldn't bend or straighten it and needed surgery immediately. Unfortunately the Pan American championships were a week away and it was an extremely crucial competition when it came to qualifying the 70kg category for the USA in the 2008 Olympics.

My mother's words echoed in my head "Sometime you need to fight when you're injured" I fought anyway, and got a bronze. The USA's Pan Am ranking was secured, and I was rushed to LA the day after to undergo surgery. Afterwards the doctor came up to me and said, “From what I found in there, I'm surprised you walked in the door. You're a real warrior.”

A few months later I fought in Germany again. My second match was against Edith Bosche from the Netherlands, the defending world champ at the time. Early in the match she did a Wake-gatame - an illegal move in judo due to that fact that it dislocates the elbow during the throw and doesn't give your opponent a chance to submit. She was disqualified but I popped my elbow back in and fought on. I ended up getting third that day.

A while after that, Edith fought again. This time at the semi finals of the World Championships in Rio. She did the same move and dislocated my elbow again, but this time the referees didn't see it and we continued. I was losing until the last 20 seconds, when I caught her with a Sode - a one handed throw, using the arm she injured, and won the match. Even the Brazilian crown that was extremely hostile towards me earlier in the day burst into applause. It was one of my proudest moments in judo.

Less than a year ago my first pro fight was against Ediene Gomes, a 6-1 Brazilian from American Top Team. Three days before the fight I incurred a brutal pitbull bite that required 9 stitches, the wound went down to the bone and the doctor said I was lucky the teeth just barely missed my tendons. I needed this fight, and refused to withdraw. I asked the doctor if I would permanently injure myself if I fought. He said no, but I would be in a world of pain and the stitches would burst open by the end of the first round.

I made myself go through weigh-ins without limping. I stripped naked on the scale (though my opponent was 4 lbs heavy) so the towels would cover my foot (there were no socks allowed). When it came time to fight, I won in 26 seconds. I didn't have another option. "Sometimes you have to fight when you're injured."

Karo Parisyan, former UFC top contender has known and trained with me since I started judo at 11, in a recent interview with Fightline he said, “Ronda is a kid that trained with us for many years at Team Hayastan. The reason why Ronda is so good is because Ronda was a cute little girl - she's not little no more - but she was a cute little girl that trained with guys like us. She wasn't training with other girls. Other girls she would beat up, so she would train with us.

“She would cry. I would yell at her, 'Suck your lip up! I don't want you crying!' She would suck her lip up and continue on. She would cry so much during practice because we would push her. That's why she became an animal in the cage and on the mat. She'll destroy ninety-five percent of the guys I know in my life.

“It is inspiring; it is motivating, to see all these colleagues and these people that I've known come up and make something of themselves. It's good. I'm really happy for her. I'd say she's gonna’ beat anybody that they put her in with, just because I know how good Ronda is. She's a strong girl. She's really strong mentally.”

I don't know what Miesha thinks being "Pampered and Protected" means, but I suggest she invests in a dictionary.

Comments

  • Chuck

    Posted at 00:18 on February 24th 2012

    After reading this article, it's clear Ronda Rousey is the one who needs an English lesson.

    I read Miesha Tate's blog. In it Miesha commends Ronda's amateur Judo career. Not once does Miesha say Ronda was pampered and protected during her judo career.

    Above, Ronda is either lying or just exposing her lack of reading comprehension skills. Miesha only used the words 'pampered' and 'protected' when describing Ronda Rousey's very brief 4-0, mixed martial arts career. The same applies to Rousey 'tasting her own blood' and 'battling back from adversity'.

    Anyone who reads Miesha Tate's blog here, http://www.mmaweekly.com/miesha-tate-ronda-rousey-will-learn-how-hard-and-horrible-mma-can-be will discover her use of the terms protected and pampered along with blood and adversity comments were entirely appropriate and correct.

    Ronda Rousey has to either improve her reading comprehension or stop spinning self-serving lies.

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  • nostraboris

    Posted at 00:51 on February 24th 2012

    Hey Chuck

    I read it and I think you may be reading Miesha's blog with pink shades on. She does commend Rhonda's Judo career, but def questions her stamina in general, not just in MMA. Here's the quote:

    "She’s yet to prove she can battle back from any adversity at all. Questions have never been asked of her."

    AT ALL..pretty cut and dry to any level of the rreading comprehension skills you mention. :)

    Anyway I got nothing against either one of 'em, gonna be a great fight!

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  • Chuck

    Posted at 01:15 on February 24th 2012

    Hey Chuck




    Nostraboris,

    No 'pink shades' here, just an English degree from Boston College.

    You have made the same error Ronda Rousey made. You took that quote out of context. Here is the quote in context:

    "My March 3 challenger and opponent, Ronda Rousey, has never faced this type of make or break moment during her 4-0 mixed martial arts career. Yes, she was very accomplished as a judo player, winning a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics, but she has yet to taste her own blood in a grueling MMA bout. She’s yet to prove she can battle back from any adversity at all."

    Miesha Tate is clearly referring to Rousey's '4-0 mixed martial arts career' and 'MMA bout(s)'. When words are taken out of context, as Ronda did above, they can be twisted and spun into something the author never intended. It's dishonest and misleading.

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  • grimsgrind

    Posted at 01:23 on February 24th 2012

    Chuck you are a fucking 60yr old clown, shut the fuck up. Ronda is going to rip Taint's arm off and fist your stretched asshole with it.

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  • Chuck

    Posted at 01:33 on February 24th 2012

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    @grimsgrind,

    'fisting stretched assholes...'taints'?! Good grief, did you have bring your suppressed romantic desires into this?

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  • steve

    Posted at 02:26 on February 24th 2012

    Unbelievable......i feel sorry for you and your family & don't know how you sleep at night.......

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  • lucasrenzi

    Posted at 05:26 on February 24th 2012

    I can't believe anyone's suggesting that English lessons will lift the language standards of fighters talking smack...

    I don't know, but I can't imagine many new mma fighters would regard any of their first few mma fights as anything but 'introductory' if they came out winning. that's what they're there for. if you lose, your opponents don't get harder, your price doesn't get bigger, and you probably quit prime-time pretty soon.

    how many mma fighters have been fighting since they were 11? how many athletes can comprehensively use the skills from sports they were playing when they were 11, if sports they're still playing with they're mid-late 20's? Even if someone is pampered and protected for a few months after 15 years of successfully playing a fighting sport, do you really think it would soften them at all? no way

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  • Chuck

    Posted at 06:56 on February 24th 2012

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    @lucasrenzi,

    Your argument is as ridiculous and absurd as Ronda Rousey's.

    Rousey brought up English with her 'dictionary' comment. I simply pointed out that a reasonable person reading both fighters' blogs would notice Miesha Tate used the words 'pampered' and 'protected' properly while Ronda either didn't understand Miesha's article or purposely twisted her words.

    Btw, Rousey has not been fighting MMA style since she was 11. On March 3rd, Rousey will discover rolling around in a gi on a rubber mat is much easier than a full contact MMA fight.

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  • Kirsten

    Posted at 13:37 on February 24th 2012

    Nice article! I'm 27 years old and I still cry over broken toes and sit out for minor injuries, but I didn't start martial arts until I was in my 20s. I would never have the toughness that Ronda, Meisha, or any other MMA'er has.

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  • It's TATE bright boy lol

    Posted at 20:13 on February 24th 2012

    Chuck you are a fucking 60yr old clown, shut the fuck up. Ronda is going to rip Taint's arm off and fist your stretched asshole with it.

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