Ronda Rousey Raises Stakes on Herself Ahead of UFC 168

Written by Tom Ngo
December 18th, 2013

Strikeforce Ronda Rousey

Most coaches on “The Ultimate Fighter” jump straight into training camp after filming wraps on the reality show. Not UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey (pictured).

Instead, Rousey upped the ante by shooting “The Expendables 3,” then jumping feet first into “Fast and Furious 7″ by mid-November.

Rousey’s hectic Hollywood schedule alarmed many MMA pundits, who believed she was spreading herself too thin leading up to this month’s showdown with bitter rival Miesha Tate. However, the “Rowdy” one claims it was all part of the master plan.

“I’ve always been raised to be the kind of fighter that fights above myself in high pressure situations,” Rousey stated on Tuesday’s UFC 168 conference call. “The more pressure there is, the better I perform. That’s the reason I try to increase the stakes every single fight.

“It’s really hard to get just as motivated for the same goal twice. So, that’s kind of why I was so down to go do these movies before this fight because I already won the UFC title, I already beat Miesha, how could I get even more excited and pumped about it the second time around? I wanted to raise the stakes and make it more difficult for myself and be like, ‘You know what? I’m gonna make two movies and I’m gonna beat this chick. I want to make it even more unprecedented than ever before.’ I wanted to raise the stakes so I take it even more seriously than any other fight I’ve ever had.”

If Rousey’s taking their rematch more seriously than when she quickly submitted Tate in March 2012, then “Cupcake” may be in some serious trouble come December 28. Her hatred for Tate is at an all-time high, particularly since Tate “antagonized” her to become a villain during their tumultuous stint on TUF.

Rousey’s image has taken a significant blow and she’s fully prepared to make her archenemy pay for it. In the sporting world, they say winning cures everything. If bumping her professional record to a perfect 8-0 at UFC 168 doesn’t do the trick, then Hollywood seems more than happy to welcome her back with open arms.

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