Ronda Rousey's Guide To Being A Badass
"I don’t depend on a man to make me happy"
Photographed by Nina Westervelt
How does one prepare for a meeting with Ronda Rousey? I wondered. Do I need to work out? Eat only egg whites for breakfast? Four rounds of squats and 20 push-ups? I wanted to be in my finest form when coming face to face with a woman who is not only the Women's UFC Bantamweight Champion, but also, like, my favorite person in the world.
I am not particularly into "sports." My MMA knowledge extends to the fact that it's kind of fun and sexy to watch people get sweaty and pummel each other. But after I heard her "Do Nothing Bitches" pre-fight pep talk, I became a committed fan. If you haven't seen the video, or seen how Beyoncé incorporates it into her performances, here it is: "I have this one term for the kind of woman that my mother raised me to not be. I call it a ‘do-nothing bitch.' She’s a bitch who just tries to be pretty and be taken care of by someone else."
Two coffees, a sandwich, and some Advil down, I was ready to meet Rousey. And upon doing so, one thing was clear: As she navigates traditionally male spaces and makes them her own, she has made a space for all women—women who work hard and push themselves to be their best.
Instead of plopping herself down in the chair, she basically dominated it, while smiling widely. I felt like I was about to chat with one of my girlfriends.
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