Rousey on the burden of breasts

In sports, size matters. Taller people generally make better

basketball players, smaller people generally make better jockeys,

wider people generally make better sumo wrestlers.

But what happens when an athlete has the perfect physical storm

of size, strength, speed, and skills . . . but something

still gets in the way?

For female athletes, that something is typically breasts. The

debate of big boobs as a performance impediment is nothing new:

There have been

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target="new">controversies,

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from female pro athletes themselves.

The latest woman sports figure to weigh in on the subject is UFC

women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, who

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target="_blank">has always been outspoken on the issue.

“The bigger my chest is, the more it gets in the way,” said

Rousey in this week’s ESPN The Magazine,

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target="_blank">“Body Issue”. “It just creates space. It makes

me much more efficient if I don’t have so much in the way between

me and my opponent.”

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Photos: Ben Watts/Peggy Sirota via ESPN The Magazine

Rousey has had a

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target="_blank">well-publicized history of wardrobe

malfunctions in the Octagon, too. Her most famous mishap was at UFC

157 in Anaheim during her first title defense against Liz

Carmouche. The Girlrilla had Rousey’s back with a rear naked choke

locked in tight, then switched to a brutally-torqued neck crank. To

everyone’s surprise,

Rowdy was

more concerned with a possible nip slip live on PPV.

“When someone’s on your back trying to rip your head off, things

tend to slip around a bit,” Rousey said.

As soon as Carmouche was jettisoned to the canvas, Rousey’s

first instinct was to readjust her sports bra rather than defend

herself. The result was an sharp upkick to her left breast.

“I got kicked straight in the chest right as I was trying to

adjust my bra,” Rousey said.

Despite acknowledging the challenges breasts pose her fellow

athletes, Rousey still has appreciation for the female form.

“Gina Carano was an amazing fighter, and she had a fantastic

rack,” Rousey said of Carano, later adding, “You don’t see big

titties in the Olympics, and I think that’s for a reason.”

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