As UFC 193: Rousey vs. Holm inches closer, the media will likely report more on Ronda Rousey. Given the fact the most popular fighter in UFC has a lot of cross-over and promotional appeal, plenty of those reports will shine “Rowdy” in a positive light. As a result, Rousey is often recognized as a pioneer of MMA and a unique individual who breaks the mold of what a woman “should” be. The problem is, with Rousey being so popular, there comes high standards for the athlete and her image is of high importance.
Unfortunately, Ronda Rousey is in a bit of a situation where people are calling her out to be a hypocrite. Just recently, Rousey attacked verbal bullies by saying she’d kill the next person to call her fat. Yet, Cris Cyborg says such a statement is an example of the pot calling the kettle black because Rousey has verbally bullied Cyborg, too. In the past, Rousey has insultingly said Cyborg is not a woman but an “it.” Let’s not forget that Rousey still cites Cyborg’s failed drug test to this day even though the failed test is more than five years old.
Now, the argument of Ronda Rousey being a hypocrite has expanded even further. Members of the MMA community are now debating if Rousey has committed domestic abuse.
The argument was brought up on the Underground Forums on Mixed Martial Arts. One of the users was asking others in the forum if Ronda Rousey openly admitted to committing a serious act of domestic abuse in her autobiography, My Fight/Your Fight. On page 228 of the book, Rousey talked about a situation in one of her past relationships with a man she called “Snappers McCreepy,” who took nude pictures of her without her permission. Rousey did not take it well and how she handled it may be questionable.
“I slapped him across the face so hard my had hurt… I punched him in the face with a straight right, then a left hook. He staggered back and feel against the door… Then I grabbed him by the neck of his hoodie, kneed him in the face, and tossed him aside on the kitchen floor.”
To be fair, “Snappers McCreepy” did try to stop her from leaving. There was no account if he was violent. However, from the account that Ronda Rousey wrote, he was “crying and wanting to explain,” then the person who started the violence was Rousey herself. Despite this, people said it was “good for Rousey” to stand up in such a situation and that “Snappers McCreepy” deserved the beating for what he had done.
Members of the forum argued that such thinking was a double standard. Christy Mack was believed to be cheating on former MMA fighter War Machine and when he found out, he assaulted her. Yet, nobody said “good for him” or that Christy Mack “deserved it.”
If the majority agree with the argument that Ronda Rousey has indeed committed domestic abuse or domestic violence, those branding her a hypocrite may have additional justification for doing so, as reported by EWrestling News. For starters, Rousey has been adamant in verbally chastising undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather for his past domestic abuse accusations, especially when she won this year’s ESPY Award for best fighter (see the video above). Second, Rousey is now confirmed to be in a relationship with fellow UFC fighter Travis Browne, who has been investigated for domestic abuse toward his estranged wife, Jenna Renee Webb.
Could Ronda Rousey possibly be convicted of domestic abuse? It may simply be a whisper in the wind debated by fans and members of the MMA community.
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