“People’s Champion” Ronda Rousey Once Shared a Touching Momentum With a Fan ‘Dying of Cancer’ Ahead of UFC 193 Bout – “I Broke My Promise to Her”

Published 08/05/2022, 1:00 PM EDT

Ronda Rousey might have destroyed her opponents inside the Octagon with ruthless aggression. However, the former UFC bantamweight champion had a very tough childhood. She suffered a speech impediment and lost her father at 8. Yet she went to win the first Olympic Judo medal for her country. Even though she was furious on the outside, she was soft from the inside. This aspect of her personality was proved during her interview with Time in 2016.

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In the interview, Rousey talked about a fan who was suffering from cancer, yet waited in the sun to meet her during the UFC 193 open workout.

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The 6-time women’s bantamweight champion said, “I could tell from seeing her hands she was real sick… I promised I would win, and I didn’t… I broke my promise to her. And it was so important to her, I could tell. And I really want to make it up to her. I really want to make it up to her before it’s too late.”

LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 30: Ronda Rousey reacts to her loss to Amanda Nunes of Brazil in their UFC women’s bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 207 event at T-Mobile Arena on December 30, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

‘The Arm Collector’ was stunned in the bout as Holly Holm snatched the coveted UFC bantamweight title from her. The first-ever woman champion in the promotion took her first loss in the division after defending the title 6 times.

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The loss was brutal, but Rousey was more disappointed about not fulfilling the promise.

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The Olympian Judoka had a very busy schedule during her short UFC career. Her run in the UFC is unparalleled. She remains the only fighter in the promotion to have 8 bouts in the premier MMA organization with all championship bouts – a record that will be tough to match for any aspiring fighter.

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LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 05: Ronda Rousey speaks as she becomes the first female inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame at The Pearl concert theater at Palms Casino Resort on July 5, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Rousey was getting a lot of attention even outside the sport. She was frequently featured on late-night shows. Rumors and reports of her upcoming movie were all over the internet. Everybody wanted a piece of ‘The Rowdy One’ but she, apart from doing all of that, was one of the most active UFC champions.

And while dominating her opponent inside the Octagon and with a hectic schedule, she finally met her match at UFC 193.

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Deepak Kumar

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Deepak Kumar is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. His love for MMA comes from the chaos and violence the fight game brings to the table. A BJJ aspirant, Deepak began following the sport as a casual fan when Ronda Rousey was finishing her opponents in seconds.

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