Being a fighter is seemingly all physical, but it’s really mental strength that gets you through the fight. For Ronda Rousey, that mental focus is key and she credits her recent acting gigs for helping her maintain it.
Rousey’s gigs in Fast and Furious 7, The Expendibles and The Ultimate Fighter 18 helped her with a nice change of pace both physically and mentally:
“I feel like I definitely needed to change my environment in order to change my mind-set,” Rousey tells USA TODAY Sports. “Really focusing on something else, it gave me a whole new huge task to really go after.”
And what a task it was! For Rousey, managing the time training for her next fight with the often long, “hurry-up-and-wait” atmosphere on a production set was challenging — but also a blessing:
“It was one of the most difficult things I ever did,” Rousey says. “It wasn’t a vacation — it was harder than camp in a lot of ways. I had to find a way to make it all work.”
“I wake up every morning and I think, ‘You’re in the process of doing something amazing, get up!'” Rousey says. “That’s what the whole experience brought back into my life.”
She’ll need that positive energy to face opponent Miesha Tate. Rousey won in their last matchup, but that’s no guarantee in this next match and Rousey knows it.
“Every single fight is brand-new to me,” Rousey says. “That’s why I hate holding the belt before fights. I feel like every fight, I’m the challenger.”
“I’m approaching it like it’s not even a rematch,” Rousey says. “Miesha is going to be the hardest and most prepared opponent I’ve ever faced. I’m expecting her to come out better than she could ever be.”
Ditto on that! The rivalry between Tate and Rousey is fiery one. If you watched any of The Ultimate Fighter episodes you would know.
I’m looking forward to the rematch. It will definitely be a drama-filled match.
Your Jersey Girlfriend,