Most fighters refuse to fight their training partners. Some won’t fight their friends either.
Ronda Rousey? She’s set to fight her roommates.
The UFC women’s bantamweight champion lives with fellow UFC fighters Shayna Baszler and Jessamyn Duke, as well as 145-pound amateur fighter Marina Shafir, her best friend. Rousey said during a media conference call Wednesday that the four of them have already spoken about what the taglines on the posters will be when and if they fight each other.
“We’re pretty well prepared for when it does go down,” said Rousey, who faces Sara McMann on Feb. 22 in the main event of UFC 170 in Las Vegas.
If there is to be anyone to succeed me for my belt, I would be happy if it was one of them.
On The Ultimate Fighter 18, Rousey coached both Baszler and Duke. The three hit it off and when the show was over Baszler and Duke moved in with Rousey and Shafir in Venice Beach, Calif. They all train together with Rousey’s head coach Edmond Tarverdyan at Glendale Fighting Club and have dubbed themselves “The Four Horsewomen,” after the former pro wrestling stable.
Rousey said having them around motivates her to get up and go to the gym every day. Before, it became tedious.
“It’s such a difference now,” she said. “You just sit on the couch and have to convince yourself to move. Some days you have to drag yourself to practice.”
That doesn’t mean she won’t defend her belt against her pals at some point in the future. Although that will surely make things inside the home pretty awkward.
“If there is to be anyone to succeed me for my belt, I would be happy if it was one of them,” Rousey said.