Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Women's Bantamweight Champion, Ronda Rousey, has been known to cry on occasion. From her UFC 157 "Primetime" special to the loss of Shayna Baszler on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 18, we've seen our share of "Rowdy" waterworks.
What's it to you?
That's what her outspoken mom, former Judo world champion and PhD in educational psychology, Ann Maria Rousey DeMars, wants to know, after her daughter came under fire from mixed martial arts (MMA) fans who took her to task over her televised tears.
From her official blog:
"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."
Check and balances.
DeMars will be a special guest on next week's edition of TUF 18, which is also coached by former Strikeforce Bantamweight Champion and UFC 168 co-headliner Miesha Tate, airing every Wednesday night on FOX Sports 1. To bring yourself up to speed on last week's episode click here.
As fans of Roxanne Modafferi will attest, the main event was worth crying about.