Though apparently, Rowdy is not just an expert in aggressive verbal tussles, as evidenced by how colorful and genuine her other previous interviews were.
In time for her next fight with No. 1 contender Holly Holm this Sunday (who is also undefeated), November 15, we compiled Ronda's 10 best sound bites this year—from sports interview quotes to late-night talk show quips—to remind you that she is a one of a kind character who can definitely walk the talk.
1) ON WINNING THE BEST FIGHTER AWARD AT THE 2015 ESPY AWARDS
"I can't help but really say that I wonder how Floyd feels being beat by a
woman for once. I'd like to see you pretend to not know who I am now."
2) ON BEING A MORE 'EFFICIENT' FIGHTER (AND EARNER) THAN MAYWEATHER
"I think I actually make two to three times more than he does per
second. So when he learns to read and write, he can text me then."
"I took my time. It was longer than the last two combined. I could've finished it
earlier because she went to the ground—I didn't go to the ground—and she was
trying to close the distance, so I could've thrown her, (but) I was like, 'No, you're
getting knocked out tonight.' And so it went 34 seconds."
4) ON BEING A "DNB"
"I have this one term, for the kind of woman that my mother
raised me to not be, and I call it (a) 'Do Nothin' Bitch,' or a
'DNB,' all the time. A kind of chick that just tries to be pretty,
and be taken care of by somebody else."
"That’s why I think it’s hilarious if people say my body looks masculine or something like that,
I'm just like, 'Listen, just because my body was developed for something other than fucking
millionaires, doesn't mean it's masculine. I think it's femininely badass as fuck because there’s
not a single muscle on my body that isn’t for a purpose because I'm not a 'Do Nothin' Bitch.'"
5) ON RECEIVING UNPLEASANTRIES ABOUT HER SIZE PRE-TV COMMERCIAL FITTING
"I swear to God, if anyone calls me fat one
more time in my life, I'm going to kill them."
6) ON HER DEEPEST FEAR
"I've had like four knee surgeries. I've dislocated my shoulder, my collar bone, and
my foot—I mean all kinds of things... (But) you know what? The thing that bothers
me the most is paper cuts. I have this weird thing...you know that feeling
they give like, in your skin like, ugh. I have goosebumps right now. I'm shaking."
7) ON BEING THE "BIGGEST CRIER"
"Especially (during) fight week, when I'm about to fight, I'm most emotional.
Like in my last fight, I like totally cried the day before that... I'm so amped up,
and it's like every emotion that you could possibly have, it happens during that
week. It's like the most stressed, most anxious, most pressured, and then it's also
the happiest you could possibly be. It's all these things, (and) sometimes you
can't hold it in, it's going leak out of somewhere—why not (through) your eyes?"
8) ON "LIKING" AN OPPONENT
"Well, if I make the fight fast that means I like you. That's me at my most
merciful. She gets to go home and do whatever with the payment, go buy
a house; she had a great night, if you think about it. But with this next
chick (Correia) that I don't like, it's not going to be like that. She's going
to walk out looking different than she did walking in (laughs)."
9) ON 'RONDA AROUSEME'
"It's funny; I used to hear that in high school sometimes!
At least some girl somewhere is paying her bills with it now."
10) HER POST-CORREIA FIGHT SPEECH
"We lost a really close friend, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, who
gave me permission to use his name as a fighter and so,
I hope him and my dad had a good time watching this today."
And a little bonus, from her Reddit AMA session in August!
ON WHICH POKEMON SHE'D FIGHT IN THE OCTAGON...
"Throh—because he's the Judo Pokémon
and would challenge me the most."
...AND WHICH DRAGONBALL Z CHARACTER WOULD SHE TRAIN WITH IN THE HYPERBOLIC TIME CHAMBER
"Vegeta. For sure. Goku is such a fucking goody-goody that
he'd be fun to be friends with but I'd get annoyed hanging
out with him after two weeks, let alone after a whole year.
I'd imagine that Vegeta and I would have many an interesting
debate. Probably not about politics but maybe like societal shit."