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Ronda Rousey admits to crush on MMA legend, says she wants to have 57 of his babies


Ronda Rousey oftentimes can be a polarizing figure in the world of MMA. Sometimes confrontational, crass and frequently controversial, there is one thing Rousey always manages to be, no matter what it is she is doing: Captivating and worthy of attention.

In a way, Ronda Rousey is the E.F. Hutton of MMA. Because when she talks … yadda yadda yadda (it is assumed that no one under the age of 30 gets that reference … oh well).

Rousey (8-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) is coming off a third-round armbar submission of Miesha Tate at UFC 168 and next faces Sara McMann (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) in the main event of UFC 170 of Feb. 26 in Las Vegas.

The UFC women’s bantamweight champion was up to her usual antics during a a UFC 170 pre-fight interview in L.A. Rousey brought up how she has a major crush on Fedor Emelianenko, a retired Russian MMA legend who made his hay in the dawn of MMA as a former PRIDE champion and veteran of Strikeforce.

She said she holds Emelianenko in such high esteem because he inspired her to enter the world of mixed martial arts.

“He was my first exposure to MMA,” Rousey said. “A couple of years ago a friend of mine showed me a Fedor Emelianenko highlight. It just blew my mind. I thought it was the most amazing thing I’ve seen in the whole world.

“He has always been my image of what MMA is supposed to be. I will always be not-so-secretly in love with Fedor Emelianenko.”

Rousey said she has never met Emelianenko but admitted that if she ever met him she would “probably turn 19 shades of red.” Rousey also let a truth bomb drop when she revealed just how far she would be willing to go to express her admiration to the 37-year-old legend.

“Do I want to have 57 of his babies? It’s true,” Rousey jokingly jested, according to a USA Today report. “I think he’s married, though, so I’m not allowed.”

Rousey is correct: Emelianenko indeed is married. Twice, actually, with the last to a gal named Marina in 2009. At the same time, 57 babies is a lot of babies. It reminds me of the Andrew Dice Clay’s naughty nursery rhyme version about “The Old Woman Who Lived In A Shoe.”

Yep. By the way, man oh man, I’m really aging myself with the dated references in this post. Jeebus.