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“Doesn’t Respond to Pain Much” – Champion Despite Neurological Disorder, Ronda Rousey Believes Similar Warrior Path Awaits 18 Months Old Daughter

Published 06/05/2023, 6:13 AM EDT

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Former UFC champion Ronda Rousey is one of the most accomplished combat sports athletes in the world. The 36-year-old is a former Strikeforce champion, a WWE champion, and an Olympic medal winner. The UFC Hall of Famer has one daughter and Rousey claims she is destined for great things, just like her mother.

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‘Rowdy’ recently made a public appearance for the promotion of her upcoming show ‘Stars on Mars.’ Hosted by William Shatner, the show will see celebrities in a simulated human colony on Mars. Speaking to ‘People,’ Rousey could not help but sing praises of her 18-month-old daughter, La’akea Makalapuaokalanipō Browne.

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Rousey and her husband Travis Browne got married in 2017, and the pair had La’akea in September 2021. If we are to believe Rousey’s words, La’akea will grow up to be a tough warrior like her mother. The former UFC bantamweight champion had her reasons to believe this after she saw signs of her daughter’s toughness at an early age.


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Ronda Rousey says daughter will be tough

Ronda Rousey had to overcome her fair share of hurdles on her way to success. From her Olympics days to UFC and WWE days, Rousey moved mountains to achieve her success. As a child, Rousey had to deal with a rare condition called apraxia.

The neurological speech disorder kept little Rousey from making coherent sentences. This was the case for the first six years of her life. During that time, Ronda could not navigate life as easily as other children of her age.


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As for La’akea, she seems to have inherited her mother’s toughness. Speaking to ‘People’, Rousey said, “Oh, she’s definitely going to be tough. She doesn’t respond to pain so much. She just fell and scraped her knee today and she was just like… she didn’t even cry. She just kind of grunts it out!” “The world isn’t ready for this little girl,” she jokingly added.

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The 36-year-old confessed how hard it was to stay away from her daughter to film the program. Rousey said, “The mom guilt was compounding by the day, and I think that was more difficult than any part of the experience itself.”

Rousey told ‘People’ how little La’akea jumped into her arms when she returned and wanted to run around the house with her mother.

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Yeswanth Praveen

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Yeswanth Praveen is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports, having written over 500 articles on the sport. With a Master’s degree in English Literature, Yeswanth expertly combines his writing and storytelling skills with his passion for MMA. He was initially drawn to the sport after the intense rivalry between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov captured his attention.

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