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Ronda Rousey gets real ahead of UFC 168

Mixed martial arts: Glendale-trained UFC champ doesn't mince words about 'TUF,' Miesha Tate.

December 19, 2013|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com
  • UFC champion Ronda Rousey, shown here at the UFC World Tour 2013 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on July 30, is preparing to defend her UFC crown versus Miesha Tate.
UFC champion Ronda Rousey, shown here at the UFC World… (Raul Roa / Staff…)

LOS ANGELES — Ronda Rousey’s Ultimate Fighting Championship women’s bantamweight title defense against bitter rival Miesha Tate is approaching fast.

But in the world of Rousey – mixed martial arts champion and ambassador, budding action star and reality television coach – topics aplenty abound when she sits down with the media.

Such was the case on Thursday afternoon, as she sat down with a cavalcade of media at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Los Angeles amid a whirlwind day of appearances.

With topics ranging from her acting in “The Expendables 3” and “Fast and Furious 7” and her tumultuous time coaching opposite Tate on “The Ultimate Fighter,” it all came back to her upcoming title defense on Dec. 28 in the co-main event of UFC 168 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Thus, if any doubts persist about her ability to juggle making back-to-back movies ahead of her title fight, it’s simply more motivation.

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“I try to make it look even more unattainable every single time. So even if I’ve done some crazy, near-impossible things before, I always want the next thing to be like, ‘Well, she can’t do that,’” said Rousey, 26, who trains under Edmond Tarverdyan at the Glendale Fighting Club. “I still need to raise it to the next level, because I think it’s impossible to get just as motivated for the same pro fight. I’ve already fought for the UFC championship, I’ve already fought Miesha. How can I up the ante for this one? It’s just another way that I can make more people doubt me.”

The undefeated Rousey (7-0) will take on an opponent in Tate (13-4) who she previously defeated for the Strikeforce bantamweight championship in 2012. The bout will serve as the co-main event on a card headlined by the UFC middleweight title rematch between champion Chris Weidman and the man he defeated, Anderson Silva.

On Thursday, though, “The Expendables 3” trailer was released and that’s where focus began during the media luncheon. Joining the ranks of the likes of Sylvester Stallone for “Expendables” and Vin Diesel for “Fast and Furious” was a good experience, she said, but after all was said and wrapped, she was ready to begin her training camp.

“The movie stuff was fun, but once it was over, I was like, ‘Thank God,’” Rousey said. “I was so dying and ready to get back to the gym.”

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