Ronda Rousey is a force of nature.
She’s got the personality and the charisma to charm the planet, the skills to back it up, and the type of back-story that forces you to root for her in whatever she’s doing. Everyone knows she’s the top female fighter of all time, she’s a US Olympian, she’s won countless Judo tournaments, but here are some lesser-known facts about Ronda Rousey that will only act to endear her to you even more.
1. HER FIRST TIME IN THE ER WAS FOR AN UNUSUAL REASON.
You might think that her first visit to the ER would be for one of her countless judo injuries, but it was actually because she was sticking Raisinette candies up her nose and they got stuck.
2. SHE USED TO BE A MODERATOR ON A POKEMON FORUM.
Ronda absolutely adores the Pokemon games and she’s beaten all of them, and she would keep fools in line on a Pokemon message board when she was in her teens.
3. SHE COULDN’T SPEAK UNTIL SHE WAS 6 YEARS OLD.
Ronda’s umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck at birth, which cut off oxygen to her brain and caused a slight learning disability which meant that she had difficulty with language and wasn’t able to speak until she was six years old.
4. JUDO RUNS IN HER FAMILY.
This won’t be news to anyone who has been following Ronda’s career, but with her mainstream fame many people may not realize that she’s following in her mother’s footsteps. AnnMaria De Mars won a gold medal at the 1984 World Championships of Judo.
The weirdest stuff still to come involving her mom, and her boyfriends…
5. WAKE UP, RONDA…
Her mom used to wake her up in the middle of the night to practice judo techniques, only allowing her to return to sleep once she would lock in a submission or escape one. That may be why Ronda seems like such a natural, the way her moves flow shows that she doesn’t have to think about it – it’s reflex.
6. SHE USED TO ONLY EAT ONCE A DAY.
Ronda would wake up, train hard all day, then eat a huge supper which consisted of whatever she wanted. This unorthodox diet isn’t something she still does. Her reasoning was that hunger drove her to train harder, and that she wouldn’t be able to push herself to work as hard on a full stomach.
What about Ronda’s boyfriends?
7. HER MOM CALLS ALL OF HER BOYFRIENDS “BOB.”
Ronda’s lovely mother refer’s to all of Ronda’s suitors by the name Bob, regardless of what their name is. “What’s the point in learning his name if he’s not going to be sticking around?” says AnnMaria De Mars. To differentiate, AnnMaria ads a number after Bob, and that’s what she calls them to their faces, too.
8. SHE’S AN AVID WORLD OF WARCRAFT PLAYER.
Before Ronda’s fight with Cat Zingano at UFC 184 (The one that she finished in 14 seconds) they were filming promo videos at her house, and she was sitting at her computer playing World of Warcraft.