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5 facts we learned about Ronda Rousey

The UFC bantamweight champion opens up about body image, fear and more

By Verinia Khoo | Published: 9 Sep 2015

5 facts about Ronda
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What do you know about Ronda Rousey besides the fact that she's a total badass and would make an awesome Marvel superhero (we can't be the only ones thinking of Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel)? Here are a few things we learned about the UFC bantamweight champion from her recent interview with ELLE US.

She respects her competitors
"I mean all of these girls are amazing competitors. The next chick I'm fighting, Holly Holm, is a 19-time boxing world champion, and she's the most decorated striker in the entire sport of mixed martial arts," Ronda said.

"Somehow, people act like I have no competition, but the thing is, the competition is so good that it forces me to be better than I ever thought was possible," she added.

Fear is her motivator
"I feel like everything I've ever worked for could be lost at any moment. I work harder and harder and harder, because I want to be farther ahead with every fight, and not worrying about these girls catching up to me."

She's a shy person when it comes to dates
Last month after a video of a corporal asking Ronda to attend the Marine Corps Ball with him in December went viral (we're talking 4 million views), Ronda has accepted his offer but who knew that she had first-date jitters too!

"I'm really shy when it comes to accepting dates, but four million people is a lot of peer pressure. It's really hard to turn that one down!" said Ronda. "I have no idea how to get in touch with him. I guess the UFC is getting on that and handling it for me. I can't wait."

She fundraises for Didi Hirsch mental health clinic
"First, we had the T-shirt, an apparel line, and we actually took a portion of the proceeds and donated it to the Didi Hirsch mental health clinic, which provides free services for kids with body dysmorphia and eating disorders," said Ronda.

"We were able to raise a lot of money for them, and I'm thinking of probably doing something along those lines every few months, like a limited edition apparel for fundraising for Didi Hirsch."

She wants girls to accept their bodies
"These are issues that I think every girl deals with growing up, and it's something that's largely ignored and unaddressed. I would like that to be different for girls growing up after me. It shouldn't have been as hard as it was," she said.

Related: Beyoncé returns to the stage, celebrates Ronda Rousey
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