“Live in the Real World”: Mother Slapped Ronda Rousey With a “Major Wakeup Call” After Olympics Run

Published 01/25/2023, 5:00 PM EST
Las Vegas, CA – December 30:UFC Bantamweight Champion Amanda Nunes (red) defeats Ronda Rousey by first round TKO during UFC 207 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV, Friday, December 30, 2016. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht/MediaNews Group/Los Angeles Daily News via Getty Images)

Ronda Rousey is a name that all combat sports fans resonate with. She broke the glass ceiling and became the first-ever woman to become a PPV athlete for both UFC and WWE. The journey to the pinnacle, however, came with its own highs and lows. Just like any other teenager, Ronda Rousey was once in a situation where she was going against her family and her coach. Ronda Rousey met Dick at a camp in California. The two remained in touch online and Rousey‘s mother noticed the connection. She didn’t approve of the boy and warned Rousey about him. In her Memoir My Fight/ Your Fight. Rousey recounted the story.

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In 2005, Ronda Rousey was fighting in a tournament where she won the initial match but lost in the next match. To have some company after the difficult day, Rousey got Dick IttyBitty to her room. Surprise caught the duo when her coach Big Jim walked in.

Ronda Rousey gets caught with an unwanted friend

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Big Jim didn’t like Dick much. He didn’t like athletes who wanted to be elite athletes but didn’t put in the effort required for it. Dick was one of those trainees. Big Jim threw Ronda out of her training and, naturally, her mother wasn’t too impressed. In her memoir, My Fight/ Your fight Ronda Rousey mentioned a conversation they had while traveling together, Rousey‘s mother said, “Things are going to change, “You don’t know how good you had it, little girl. You’re eighteen, which is technically an adult, even if you act like a spoiled brat. You need to get your act together. The Olympics are over. We made a lot of exceptions and let you get away with a lot of sh*t, but no more.”

Talking further about how Rousey needed to take a grip on her life, Annmaria De Mars said, You’re going to take a year away from judo. You need to finish high school, you need to get a job. You need to start paying rent. It’s time for you to live in the real world. And the real world is going to be a major wakeup call.” While Rousey was not too upset about Dick, she was very upset about the fact that she was not being able to take decisions for herself and felt she was still not being able to communicate with her dear ones.

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Rousey ran away from home

Ronda Rousey was so upset with not being able to take her decisions that she decided to run away from her house. She meticulously planned an escape. Rousey counted on her social security and planned to move to upstate New York with her friend Lillie. She wanted to train with Hrbek who was a renowned coach.

GLENDALE, CA – OCTOBER 27: Ronda Rousey speaks to media at a press conference leading up to her fight against Holly Holm in UFC 183 at the Glendale Fighting Club on October 27, 2015 in Glendale, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Ronda Rousey did run away from her house, but even after she came out of her house, she couldn’t feel liberty. She still felt she was running away and didn’t feel the satisfaction that she thought she will drive from running away and taking her own decisions.

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Akshay Pallav

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Akshay Pallav is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his undergraduation from National Institute of Fashion Technology in Apparel Production, he has been a sports enthusiast all his life and has several medals at the University level across multiple sports including basketball, badminton, track and field. He aspires to interview Conor McGregor and Cristiano Ronaldo someday.

Edited By: Vineet Nandwana

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