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Morning Report: After visiting 'The Ultimate Fighter' set, Ronda Rousey's mother says she 'would have punched out a few people'

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has taken flak for appearing over-emotional on this season's Ultimate Fighter and her mother, former Judo world champion Ann Maria Rousey DeMars, has had enough. After making a guest appearance on what happens to be this week's episode, DeMars took to her personal blog to give her take on how her daughter is being portrayed.

I only had one day to observe some of what went on (did we miss the 'shit to do' part). I'm trying not to be a hypocrite and judge someone (cough Dana White cough) on just a small bit of what I have observed, especially if Ronda gives them a good recommendation.

From the fraction of the entire time I observed, it appeared that Ronda was taunted quite a bit without being allowed to respond, with a deliberate intent to create a certain image for television. Maybe they'll show some of that on the episode, maybe not. For those of you who say she cries too much - she's always cried like that all of her life. Who the hell are you people to enforce a crying quota? If she cries over sad movies, happy endings and losing her car keys, what's it to you? I'm the opposite of that. I've cried three times in the last twenty years, and one of those was when Ronda's father died. So, she can have my share of the quota and it averages out.

Along with outlining some of Rousey's charitable efforts, DeMars explains that Ronda has always been misunderstood and that her emotional state is more closely linked to loyalty than anger.

Since Ronda steals my lines all of the time, I'll take one of hers,

To be a champion, you have to be willing to let your heart be broken.

Ronda cares if she wins. When she loses it feels like the whole world fell in. She's extremely loyal to people and when they are hurt, it hurts her.

People are sometimes offended by Ronda because she does not fit how they think she should act. At Ronda's age, given the same degree of provocation, I would have punched out a few people, hit someone with a chair, told everyone to fuck off and walked out. This is why our family cannot do a reality TV show. So, no, I am the LAST person to ask don't I think she should behave differently.

It doesn't sound like Ronda brought her mom in to bake sugar cookies. Coming off a victory last week, it should be interesting to see how Rousey's team reacts to her mother's motivation. Rousey faces fellow TUF coach Miesha Tate at UFC 168 on Dec. 28, 2013.



Rio scrums. As the UFC's press tour hits Brazil, catch media scrums with both Dana White and middleweight champion Chris Weidman. Dana talks everything from Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira to Tim Kennedy's latest Twitter callouts. Weidman discusses 'Jacare' Souza, Machida vs. Munoz and more.

Ribs again. Anderson Silva now says he was only 85% for his title defense against Chris Weidman. "Nobody mentioned this yet, but that's not an excuse for my performance. It was a below where I was injured for my first fight with Chael Sonnen."

Not interested. After snatching up various smaller MMA promotions in the past, Dana White says UFC and Zuffa have no plans for acquiring Bellator. "If you look at any other company we ended up buying in the past, there was value. There's no value to that company whatsoever."

Bad blood. Everyone who thought Dana could be corralled by the UFC's PR team was proven wrong this weekend as he finally started responding to Ken Shamrock's tweets.

Zombie on Aldo. Two months removed from his title challenge with UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, Chan Sung Jung gives his take on the fight. "Right after the fight, all I felt was pain. After that, it was just sort of numbness. After preparing for so long and anticipating the fight for so many years ... to lose like that left me feeling empty."




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Announced this weekend (Sept. 27-29 2013)

Michael Bisping out, Lyoto Machida vs. Mark Munoz at UFC Fight Night 30

Takeya Mizugaki vs. Nam Phan at UFC Fight Night 33

Justin Salas out, Quinn Mulhern vs. Thiago Tavares at UFC Fight Night 32

Johnny Eduardo vs. Lucas Martins at UFC Fight Night 32

Maximo Blanco vs. Akira Corassani at TUF 18 Finale

Darren Uyenoyama vs. John Moraga at UFC on FOX 9



Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via griff111.

UFC & Jones choose path of least resistance

Move along, nothing to see hear. So, there we have it, apparently next in line is Teixeira, and not a rematch of one of the greatest UFC fights we've seen.

Those of us who thought we saw a great closely contested fight in which the winner was up for debate before the scorecards were read, were actually mistaken. Instead, according to Jon and Dana, it was a "decisive" win with "no controversy". And the fight to make is not the rematch against the only fighter to actually give Bones a real fight, but next should be the guy who Bader nearly stopped. Hmmm, I don't entirely agree, but I don't completely disagree.

To make sense of these statements, and the thinking behind choosing Teixeira, lets do a quick recap of last Saturday and its impact. The fight was awesome, but it wasn't just awesome because it was a great fight. It was totally against all the so-called experts' forecasts. Even though I was looking forward to it, the insurmountable amount of opinion from the press and fans that this would be yet another uncompetitive Jones fight greatly reduced my anticipation. Thankfully, experts in the fight business can look anything but, when the "wrong" body falls or the "wrong" hand is raised; or nearly raised.


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