August 12, 2020

Ronda Rousey says her first UFC pay-per-view main event ‘felt bigger’ and was more ‘pivotal’ than headlining Wrestlemania 36

UFC Hall of Famer Ronda Rousey says that headlining her first UFC pay-per-view was a bigger moment than headlining WWE’s Wrestlemania 36.

Rousey, who was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2018, has been a driving force in both bringing Women’s MMA to the forefront and the well publicized ‘women’s evolution’ with the number-one professional wrestling organization in the world, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).

The 32-year-old spoke about her experiences with UFC and WWE during a recent chat with Megan Olivi.

Rousey made her first UFC appearance in the main event of 2013’s UFC 157.

“[WrestleMania] felt big, it’s just I think it just has to do with the time, with the perspective. Me and Liz Carmouche, it felt bigger to me,” Rousey said. “Even though it was years ago and not as many people watched and it was in the Honda Center, which maybe holds like 16 to 20 thousand compared to WrestleMania, where it was in front of like 80,000 people and millions of people watching. I just felt like me and Carmouche was the most pivotal moment, where everything had to happen that way or else women’s MMA would have ended before it started.

“With WrestleMania, it just felt like all the stars were aligned and the whole universe was conspiring for us to succeed and I had not a single doubt in my mind that we would. But for Carmouche, it was so many outside factors of like, the numbers had to do well and I had to win the match, but I had to win the match in an exciting way. There were just so many other different factors that I had to worry about and I feel like the stakes were higher in a way even though the venue and the audience was smaller.”

Rousey spoke about many other topics during the interview, take a look below.


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