ICYMI: Ronda Rousey’s awkward ESPN interviews

As with everything else in her athletic career, Ronda Rousey knows how to attract attention.

The past few weeks, she has been on the publicity trail to promote her upcoming in-ring debut in professional wrestling. Unfortunately for her, her MMA career is still a source of interest to many people.

To Rousey, it seems like part of her past that she would prefer to forget.

See the source imageRousey was interviewed on the Golic and Wingo show on ESPN Tuesday, and it was readily apparent that questions about her time in the cage make her feel as happy as spending free time with arch nemesis Miesha Tate.

When Mike Golic spoke as if it was certain that Rousey had retired from MMA, she quickly refuted that suggestion.

I never said that,” she retorted.

As he continued a related line of questioning by asking her if she would ever go back in time to fight in the cage, she sarcastically said, “‘There’s a possibility that I could go back in time?’ That’s your question to me?” Rousey replied. “I do not have the ability to go back in time, no.”

She was then asked directly if she would ever return to MMA, and her response was, “I don’t know.”

As the conversation turned from her past MMA career to her upcoming wrestling career, the interview gained some semblance of normalcy. When comparing the physical difference between the two, she said, “It’s a lot different, it’s much more grueling in that I don’t really have to think about peaking my body as much. It’s more about my performance, that matters more than anything else so I can be a lot rougher on my body than I would be able to during a fight camp.”

She also offered a pointed opinion about Floyd Mayweather’s rumored entry into MMA.

“Yeah, that’ll never happen. It’ll never happen. It’s all talk. Different strokes for different folks, but I don’t think he’d do well in MMA at all.”

The bizarre interview can be seen in its entirety below.

This was one of two odd interview appearances for the former bantamweight champ and current WWE Superstar– Rousey also appeared on ESPN’s ‘First Take’.  Check out the footage below.


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