As Ice Cube once eloquently said, “You better check yo self before you wreck yo self.” Thankfully for UFC bantamweight queen Ronda Rousey (Pictured), she doesn’t need to check her ego because her mother does it for her – constantly.
With Rousey’s stock skyrocketing by the second, many wonder how the 26-year-old manages to remain grounded in a world where she became the UFC’s first female fighter and champion, donned the cover of ESPN the Magazine’s The Body Issue, was featured on HBO and appeared on countless mainstream talk shows.
The answer is quite simple when your mommy is AnnMaria Rousey DeMars. Dr. DeMars, if you’re nasty.
“She has sit-downs with me all the time,” Rousey said of her mom during Wednesday’s media workouts. “She thinks I’ve been buying my own hype since I was 16 years old. And I always tell her, ‘Mom, I train so hard. Why can’t you tell me that I’m doing good?’ She’s like, ‘Don’t think you’re so awesome because of this, this and this. You’re not as cool as you think you are.’ That’s the same speech I’ve been getting periodically [over the years].
“I have to come to events like this where everybody is like, ‘Hey, you’re so cool.’ Because when I go home, it’s gonna be like, ‘Don’t think you’re so cool.’”
Speaking of yesterday’s workouts, Rousey commanded an unprecedented audience from across the globe to cover her heavily hyped big league debut. It was the UFC’s largest media turnout in recent memory, if not ever.
“This is a little bit overwhelming, but I can deal with it,” Rousey said of the white hot spotlight burning on her blonde head. “I was expecting it to be a little chaotic circus kind of thing, and it met those expectations and a little bit more, but … if this is the situation, this is the situation.
“I’m gonna deal with it and I’m gonna win anyway.”
Despite all the attention and pressure, the “Rowdy” one simply takes it all in stride as if it’s been ingrained in her brain for years to not believe her own hoopla. Oh, that’s right. It has been.
Rousey defends her throne this Saturday at UFC 157 against Liz Carmouche.