ANAHEIM — With the UFC 157: Rousey-Carmouche pre-fight press conference wrapping up and fighters posing for their customary face-to-face photos, Ronda Rousey turned to face the press and stand shoulder to shoulder with opponent Liz Carmouche when Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White handed Rousey the UFC women’s bantamweight championship.
Rousey wanted nothing to do with the title that had been bestowed upon her in December of last year.
At the urging of White, she finally and begrudgingly relented, throwing it over her shoulder. As soon as the photos were snapped, the championship that Rousey and Carmouche will fight for Saturday night live on pay-per-view from the Honda Center in Anaheim was nowhere near Rousey once again.
“All the people that think that I don’t deserve this belt, that I didn’t earn it, I partially agree with them,” Rousey said just minutes earlier in Thursday’s pre-fight press conference. “I won’t consider myself a real UFC champion until I win the belt inside the octagon. That’s why you’re not gonna see me touching or carrying that belt until after I win this fight.”