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Ronda Rousey issues statement on relationship with Travis Browne

UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey issued a statement on Monday confirming she is in a relationship with fellow UFC fighter Travis Browne.

"I don't talk about my personal life much. That's why it's called 'personal life,'" Rousey told ESPN. "It's true that Travis and I are in a relationship. I've really enjoyed the time we have spent together and getting to know one another. And that's all I'm going to say about it."

Rousey and Browne were long speculated to be romantically involved, but that speculation was put to rest on Monday's episode of The MMA Hour when Browne confirmed the relationship for the first time publicly.

"Dating is for children," Browne said. "Dating is for kids. Over the summer, through all the sh*t that I had to shuffle through, that I had to sift through, Ronda and I started talking throughout the summer and I'll say now that we are together. She's my woman and I'm her man. There's no boyfriend, girlfriend stuff. There's no dating. We're together."

Browne was previously accused of domestic violence by his estranged wife, Jenna Webb, although a UFC third-party investigation conducted by Campbell & Williams concluded that there was no conclusive evidence to back Webb's claims.

Rousey and Browne both train at Glendale Fighting Club in Los Angeles, Calif.

"Not once did we ever think about this," Browne said. "It wasn't even a thought that went through our heads at all. So I've gotten to know her through the gym, through all that kind of stuff. I see her for who she is. The fact that she's out there winning ESPYS and the star she is on the movie screen and all that kind of stuff, that's all great.

"But that's not who I know her as, if that makes sense. I know her as one of the hardest working athletes that I've ever seen, in this gym busting her butt on a daily basis. And through our own personal experiences of how compassionate and really how much of a sweetheart she really is. That's what a lot of people don't see out of her. They see that, but they don't really get to experience that."

Rousey (12-0) is scheduled to defend her bantamweight title on Nov. 15 against Holly Holm at UFC 193. Browne (17-3-1) returns to action against Matt Mitrione on Jan. 17 at UFC Fight Night 81.

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