In a new video on her YouTube channel, former UFC and WWE star Ronda Rousey pays a visit to tattoo artist Chuey Quintanar, to have each of her mixed martial arts wins inked onto her wrist. It turns out to be a pretty lengthy list. “I still can’t believe it, looking at it,” says the fighter-turned-actress. “I’ve checked it nine times, I’m like, written out like that, it’s fucking insane.”
While Quintanar works on each win time, Rousey shares her memories of the fights, and the moments leading up to them. For instance, her professional MMA debut against Ediane Gomes didn’t have the most auspicious start. “My roommate’s dog bit through my foot the day before,” she reveals. “I had nine stitches in my foot.” She recalls that her doctor warned that she was likely to rupture her stitches in a minute if she fought. “I was like, well, less than a minute.” True to her word, Rousey beat Gomes in 25 seconds with an armbar.
Not long after, she made her Strikeforce debut against Sarah D’Alelio, before becoming the first female fighter to be signed to UFC in 2012, and then its first female Bantamweight Champion. When it came time to defend this title against Liz Carmouche the following year, Rousey found herself in a fight that threw all kinds of less-than-ideal factors her way.
“My bra was too small,” she says. “I had my fight bra and my weigh-in bra, but they printed two of the weigh-in bra. This was before they had Reebok doing shit. So she was literally popping my sinuses, dislocating my jaw, I have to balance… and then my fucking nipples come out. So a lot of things are going on in my mind in that moment.”
The final victory in Rousey’s tattoo list took place in 2015, when she flew to Brazil to fight Bethe Correia at UFC 190. Prior to the event, she describes getting what she calls “FaceTime arm,” a cramp from staying in one position while talking to her now-husband Travis Browne over the spotty WiFi. But she adds that it didn’t impede her when it came to beating Correia in a knockout in 34 seconds: “I dropped her with a straight right with my FaceTime arm.”
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