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Ronda Rousey left flustered by inadvertently inappropriate comment


Ronda Rousey is an entertainer of enormous talent who without a doubt knows how to put on a good show both inside and outside the Octagon. And she proved as much with a bravado performance at UFC 193 media day at Etihad Stadium in Australia that was alternately provocative to subtlety — and inadvertently — profane.

Rousey found herself completely flustered after uttering something that came out entirely wrong when discussing her upcoming bout against Holly Holm at UFC 193 on Nov. 15. After noting that Holm is a strong counter-puncher, Rousey unleashed the following easily misinterpreted commentary.

“If I came right in her face right away … wow, that sounded terrible,” Rousey said. “Oh my God. You know what I mean. How do I even say this right now?

“Let me rephrase that. I can’t really be aggressive right away because Holly is a counter-puncher. She is a person that I need to be extremely careful with. In saying that, though, she’s a 19-time boxing champion, not a 19-time MMA champion.”

The second way she articulated her thoughts were much clearer. Not as funny, but clearer nonetheless.

On a more serious note, the UFC women’s bantamweight champion also took on the controversial issue of performance-enhancing drugs — specifically how marijuana is treated as such — when she criticized how fellow UFC fighter Nick Diaz was suspended for five years by the Nevada State Athletic Commission after testing positive for a third time for pot.

“I think they should free Nick Diaz,” she said, via the New York Post. “It’s not Dana’s decision. I think it’s an invasion of privacy for them to test for marijuana and they have no right. They shouldn’t even test for weed. It’s not fair. It’s not a performance-enhancing drug … it’s only tested for political reasons.”

Rousey certainly isn’t the first high-profile athlete to rail against the notion that marijuana shouldn’t be treated as a performance-enhancing drug. And odds are good she won’t be the last.

But as far as her presser is concerned, watching Rousey get all flustered is far more entertaining.