Former UFC legend Ronda Rousey took to a gaming livestream and aired out her grievances against the fanbase that supported her from 2011 to 2016.
Ronda Rousey’s last MMA fight was a TKO loss to Amanda Nunes in UFC 207 on December 30th, 2016. It was a sad two-consecutive loss goodbye to who had been the most dominant female fighter the UFC had ever seen (and once held a 12-0 record).
Shortly after, in 2017, Rousey signed a full-time contract with the WWE and hasn’t looked back. Since then, other female fighters have graced the Octagon, and UFC fans haven’t looked back either.
Ronda Rousey praises WWE supporters, blasts UFC fans
The former 2008 Olympic judo bronze medalist hosted a gaming stream in which she played different videogames, and spoke on different topics. What most stood out was Rousey’s beef with UFC fans.
“I would say that WWE fans care more about the wrestlers than the UFC fans care about fighters. UFC fans have much less respect for the veterans and legends of the sport than WWE fans do. A lot of UFC fans are kind of like bandwagon fans in that way,” the 35 year-old said.
Rousey: “When you’re not on top, you’re dead to UFC fans”
Ronda Rousey explained her take further: “The second you’re not on top, you’re dead to them. Where WWE fans are like, ‘this is the guy that did this 20 years ago’ and are still really excited whereas UFC fans now are like… ‘Anderson Silva sucks. Georges St-Pierre sucks.’ These are people that elevated the sport and paved the way for everybody else.
Even though Rousey doesn’t mention herself as a shunned fighter, odds are that the sentiments she has stem from feeling neglected herself: “I don’t see UFC fans having the same respect for people that got the sport to where it is as WWE fans. I’m not saying it’s completely absent, I’m just saying I see more respect for legends in WWE fans than UFC fans.”
Lastly, Rousey acknowledged that her opinion isn’t ‘black and white’ and that “there are exceptions to everything.”