Proof Venezuelan MMA Powerhouse Ronda Rousey is More than a Kick-Ass Fighter

Ronda Rousey reestablished herself as the baddest UFC fighter – male or female – after knocking out Bethe Correia in just 34 seconds. Something else people are buzzing about is her Venezuelan heritage. As a child, Rousey was never recognized as Latina. After revealing in an interview that her dad is Venezuelan, she’s taking her moment to empower other Latinas to follow their dreams. Check out these badass quotes the show Rousey is more than a mean right hook.

Be a Proud Latina

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“When I was younger people wouldn’t believe I was half-Venezuelan. I don’t look like it. I look like my dad. I never really got any cultural recognition as a kid. It’s kind of a shame that people treat you how you look like.”

Stop the Body-Shaming

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“Listen, just because my body was developed for a purpose other than f*cking millionaires doesn’t mean it’s masculine. I think it’s femininely badass as f*ck because there’s not a single muscle on my body that isn’t for a purpose because I’m not a do nothing b*tch.”

Family Rules

“I speak really, really fast because the people in my family all had very interesting things to say, and so I learned to say what I want to say loud and really fast because that’s the only way I was gonna break in and be heard.”

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Listen to Mom

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“My mom has a lot of lines. She also says, ‘no one has the right to beat you, regardless of who they are.'” Rousey recalled.

Mix the Tough and Sweet

“I always kinda had more of a brash sense of humor and rapport with my teammates, and that compounded with very empowered and educated women in my family, and it kind of turned into the way I present myself today, which I admit is not very normal, but I don’t think it’s a bad thing.”

Don’t Back Down

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“I said the exact same thing she was saying to me at weigh-ins. You know, she was screaming in my face at weigh-ins. She was saying, ‘Don’t cry.’ So I turned around to her after I knocked her out and I said, ‘Don’t cry.'”

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Fear Breeds Courage

“You have to have fear in order to have courage. I’m a courageous person because I’m a scared person.”

Ambition is Good

“I don’t want little girls to have the same ambitions as me, but I want them to know it’s OK to be ambitious.”

Tune Out Doubters

“How dare you assume I should think less of myself? The problem isn’t me thinking I can achieve any goal I set for myself, the problem is you projecting your own self doubt onto me.”

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Own Your Sexiness

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“Since becoming a sex symbol, I haven’t had less sex in my life.”

Athletes are Pretty Too

“I want to be the undisputed, best pound-for-pound woman in the world in MMA, and I want to do it while looking good and being entertaining.”

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