Ronda Rousey is an Ultimate Fighting Championship superstar, but she's currently beefing up her resume with modeling and acting gigs: she's just been named the face of Buffalo David Bitton jeans, and is appearing in big budget films like Fast & Furious 7, Entourage, and last summer's The Expendables 3. With this diversified portfolio comes an interview in WWD, in which she details her strategy for taking out the most powerful opponents in her class:
When I fight, I think, "How can I funnel this person into doing what I want them to do?" I have to convince them to do something, but I have to make them think it's a good idea. You have to get inside that person's head and be like, "OK, I want this person to step to the left. So, what can I do to convince this person the best thing they can do is to step to the left for me?" It's more of a mental chess game than it is about a physical fight.
See, it's true: the brain is a muscle one must flex at all times. UFC telekinesis, y'all.
Later in the interview, WWD asks her the grotesque question "Any weight-control advice for models?" UGH, but which Rousey diverts perfectly, perhaps utilizing her fight tactics right before the interviewer's very eyes:
Every single time I do a shoot, I try to do it at a weight I can maintain. With the ESPN Body issue, I got a little bit lighter because ESPN tries to capture the human body at its highest potential. With anything else — like Maxim or the car magazine shoot I did in Brazil that is about femininity and not athleticism‚ I purposefully try to go in a little bit heavier, at a weight I can chill at and not have to cut down to. I want to be looking how I would on any given Wednesday. It's important to have proper role models and to have proper sexual role models. Growing up, I would see all these chicks in magazines who looked nothing like me at all, and I thought there was something wrong with me. In middle school and high school, the boys I had crushes on were pawing at girls in magazines or just talking about girls who looked nothing like me. I love all the Dove commercials that are about the empowerment of women.
She goes on:
Whenever I do a shoot, I go as I really look and do not try to give this artificial idea of what I actually look like. That's the way I'm going to live and die. I'm going to the airport right now in sweats, no makeup, and if TMZ is there, whatever, I don't care. They will see me as I look. If they say, "OMG, Paris Hilton just rolled through here, and it looked like it took her two hours [to get ready], I'm going to say, "Yeah, I ain't got time for that so you can take pictures of me when I look frumpy on a heavier day or a lighter day." The human body is meant to go through seasons. I don't think I need to look like an exact supermodel all the time. There are days when I need to be in my peak athletic form, and there are days where I'm just chilling and it doesn't matter. I like to go to photo shoots looking comfortable wherever possible because people should live their lives while being comfortable and not think "I have to feel this way in order to look that way." Feel happy, look exactly yourself and live the way you want to look.
And this, friends, is why Ronda Rousey is a champion in both mixed martial arts and in life.
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