“Don’t cry”

Ronda Rousey is a champion, a feminist, and a force of nature

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Fighting in Brazil to defend her title as reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship’s Women’s Bantamweight champion, American MMA fighter Ronda Rousey unleashed a flurry of punches on Bethe Correia, knocking Correia out in just 34 seconds in front of the challenger’s home crowd. Rousey’s last three wins have taken a combined total of 64 seconds. Before the fight Correia had taunted Rousey, telling her “not to cry” or “commit suicide” if she lost, alluding to the death of Rousey’s father by suicide when Rousey was 8. Speaking with press after the fight Rousey revealed she had words for Correia in the ring. “I said the exact same thing she was saying to me … I turned around after I knocked her out and said, ‘Don’t cry.'” Rousey, 28, is a dominant force in MMA, and a very visible one too. She’s been featured on the covers of Maxim and Sports Illustrated, she’s appeared as herself on the big screen in Entourage, she’s in the news making sharp comments about superstar boxer Floyd Mayweather’s reputation for domestic abuse, and she’s an outspoken advocate for healthy body image. Rousey, who suffered from bulimia as a teen, says she now considers her muscular body “feminist-ly bad-ass … because there isn’t a single muscle in my body that isn’t for a purpose.” Before beginning training for MMA in 2010, Rousey was a top-ranked judoka in the United States and the first American woman to earn an Olympic medal in Judo with a bronze in the 2008 Olympics. Rousey’s mother was the first American to win gold at the World Judo Championships. Rousey began training in Judo with her mother after the death of her father. Before then she had trained in swimming with her father. In addition to judo, Rousey says she learned not to be “the kind of chick that just tries to be pretty and be taken care of by somebody else.”

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CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story stated that Rousey appears in the film Trainwreck. She is not in that movie. We regret the error.

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