Ronda Rousey hosts MMA clinic at Glendale Fighting Club

Mixed martial arts: UFC champ takes fight to eating disorders, as she teaches her craft to raise money for charity.

March 09, 2013|By Grant Gordon,
  • UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey demonstrates a move with Caitlin Cardenas during an MMA workshop, which took place at the Glendale Fighting Club on Saturday.
UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey… (Cheryl A. Guerrero…)

Girls and boys, women and men of all ages from near and far descended upon the Glendale Fighting Club on Saturday afternoon to watch Ronda Rousey take center stage.

Far removed from the bright lights and big stage of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and exactly two weeks removed from her historic title defense of the UFC women’s bantamweight championship, Rousey conducted her first-ever mixed-martial-arts clinic, demonstrating some of the knowledge and technique that’s made her an unbeaten phenom.

PHOTOS: UFC's Ronda Rousey teaches at Glendale Fighting Club

Only this time, the only fight Rousey and the 30 participants who took the “Don’t Throw Up, Throw Down Clinic” were taking part in was against eating disorders on behalf of the Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services.

In all, Rousey and Co. raised a reported $11,800 thanks to the cost of the clinic and Rousey’s $5000 donation.

“I just feel like I’ve been really fortunate with everything ... instead of hoarding all that fortune, you should pass it along and pay it forward,” said Rousey, who has also taken part in charitable efforts for cancer, including making an appearance at Friday’s Hoover High Stars Shooting for Hope basketball game, and spearheaded a free rice program to donate to the World Food Program.


Rousey, who is 7-0 as the first-ever UFC women’s champion and defended the belt in the inaugural women’s bout in UFC history at UFC 157 on Feb. 23 against Liz Carmouche, has made plenty of headlines during her rapid ascent to super stardom.

Her fights, her honest and eloquent sound bytes, her good looks and everything in between have drawn a seemingly endless media storm, but often overlooked has been her steady stream of charitable contributions.

“I do it because it needs to be done, not for the attention,” Rousey said. “I’m just gonna do it to do it and help the people I can help.”

The clinic was the brainchild of Rousey, with much of the hard work organizing the event coming from Ann Maria DeMars, Rousey’s mom.

“I thought it was great, I thought everybody had a great time,” said DeMars, who was the first American to win at the World Judo Championships, winning the 1984 tournament. “I think everybody had a great time, so that was successful. They raised a lot of money for Didi Hirsch, so that was successful.”

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