Guest Bio: Ronda Rousey is a mixed martial artist, judoka, and actress. She is the first and current UFC women’s bantamweight champion, as well as the last Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion. Edmond Tarverdyan is an MMA and boxing coach and is also Ronda’s head trainer.
Topics Discussed: Ronda’s last appearance on Joe’s podcast; Armenians; how Edmond cleaned her up; women and makeup; Korean eye surgery; plastic surgery and celebrities; do-nothing bitches; happiness; her mom, Dr. AnnMaria De Mars; pressure growing up; being in Brazil for the Betche Correia fight; Betche’s brother’s feud with Edmond; after finishing Betche in the fight; making history; being the antagonist; beating Miesha Tate and the crowed booed because Ronda wouldn’t shake her hand afterwards; what happened during The Ultimate Fighter filming with Miesha Tate; being trapped on The Ultimate Fighter; reality show editing; her sisters; her competition not wanting to be champion; the obligations of being a champion; her (professional) relationship with Edmond; Edmond predicting the end of her fights; the evolution of her striking; hitting mitts on beach; not winning the Olympics; injuries; crying during training; running away from home; being kicked out of a gym; not having control over her life; not talking to family for years; overtraining; weighing in; body issues; overtraining; motivation; Cris “Cyborg” Justino fight; UFC’s new drug testing; out-of-competition testing; Cyborg’s size before and after steroids; the mental advantage of being on steroids; UFC’s IV ban; using an IV for rehydration; speed and weight cuts; lack of weight classes in the UFC; strength and conditioning; cutting weight; the beginning of Ronda and Edmond working together; butting heads with Edmond; her training schedule; how Edmond works; grappling; leglocks; learning techniques; positioning; life after fighting; knowing when to stop; making movies; training for a fight on the Furious 7 set; her damaged knuckle; almost fighting Gina Carano in the UFC.
My Thoughts: Based on the timing of her appearance on this show, I expected her to at least acknowledge the rumors of her dating alleged wife beater and married man, Travis Browne. However, I don’t think his name was brought up once. This podcast sticks to mostly her training, her fights, and her past.
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