Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey isn’t one to hold her tongue, and that’s especially been the case over the past couple of weeks. The 2008 Olympic Bronze medalist in judo has has openly talked about her dislike of Kim Kardashian and why she would want to fight her recently.
However, in a interview with Elie Seckbach, Rousey turned her attention to record breaking Olympian Michael Phelps who rubbed Rousey the wrong way with his ‘snobbish’ attitude at a gathering for American Olympians in 2008. Rousey spoke on the encounter:
“Michael Phelps kind of annoyed me a little bit. We had this club thing for the US team and all the Olympians are hanging out together, all the NBA players are hanging out, and Michael Phelps needed his own private section of the club…”
“All these NBA players are a bigger deal than this guy and they’re hanging out with the rest of us. We’re like, ‘Hello, we’re your teammates! We’re not a bunch of groupies! Come hang out with us! Who are you?…’”
“Michael Phelps had to be kept separate in a different backstage area so he wouldn’t be harassed by the other Olympians”
“I don’t like being somebody’s teammate and being treated like I’m their groupie. I didn’t even want to go out of my way to go and say hi to that guy. Just get over yourself”
“All you do is swim. If somebody slapped you every single time you jumped in the pool, then I’d have a little bit more respect. But I was a swimmer before, so you can’t tell me that swimming is ‘oh my god’ because it’s not.”
That’s the great thing about Rousey in that she always speaks her mind and it certainly has gotten her lots of attention early in her career. However, she’s able to back up the brashness with a record of (5-0) with all five wins coming via first round submissions.
What’s even more impressive is that all of her wins have come via one move, the armbar.