Couples start and end relationships every day, and next to nobody cares. However, when you’re a celebrity it makes headlines – especially if you’re reigning UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey (and the fact that it’s a very slow MMA news week).
On Monday’s episode of “The MMA Hour,” UFC heavyweight Travis Browne confirmed the long-running rumor that he is in fact in a relationship with Rousey.
Now, do you want to know how important Rousey’s personal life is?
She didn’t simply issue a tweet to her 1.8 million Twitter followers to affirm Browne’s announcement, which would have been every effective, but instead issued a statement to ESPN.com about their romance. Furthermore, it wasn’t even ESPN.com’s top MMA reporter, Brett Okamoto, who got the scoop, it was lead reporter Ramona Shelburne, who covers the main sports for the media giant.
Nine hours after publication and it’s still the lead story on ESPN.com’s MMA page.
On top of that, it’s all over 5thRound.com!
“I don’t talk about my personal life much. That’s why it’s called ‘personal life,'” Rousey told ESPN. “It’s true that Travis and I are in a relationship. I’ve really enjoyed the time we have spent together and getting to know one another. And that’s all I’m going to say about it.”
Brendan Schaub must be wondering where all this media attention was when he dated Rousey…
What seems to make this relationship intriguing is the fact Rousey continues to blast boxer Floyd Mayweather for his lengthy history of domestic violence. Browne was accused of abusing his ex-wife in July and was temporarily suspended by the UFC until a thorough investigation was conducted.
The UFC hired a former 25-year FBI agent to spearhead the research, which subsequently produced “inconclusive evidence to support claims of alleged domestic violence involving Browne.” Browne was reinstated by the UFC in August.
OK, this is the last time 5thRound.com will publish anything about RR+TB. Unless, of course, they break up or announce they will soon have little “Hapas” rolling around and slapping armbars on hapless toddlers.