As mentor to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, Judo Gene LeBell has never been shy about boasting about the Judoka.
LeBell, who took "Rowdy" under his wing from the get go, knows firsthand just what kind of intensity Ronda brings into her sparring sessions. Like her coach, Edmond Tarverdyan, LeBell has many tales as to just what kind of punishment Rousey dishes out to her training partners.
During his conversation with Submission Radio, Judo Gene declared that Ronda can more than hold her own against male training partners -- who are instructed not to be nice to her -- because at any given moment, she can "break you up."
Furthermore, LeBell expressed his desire to see Rousey retire from mixed martial arts (MMA) while she is on top and focus on her Hollywood endeavors.
He explains why, below:
"Everybody can (lose) on a given day. That's why we have long shots in racing. I tell her -- she makes a fortune from the UFC, fighting -- but I tell her, 'if you could retire when you're on top and just do movie work.' Like I do movie work and I got a retirement from the screen actors guild. It's a big retirement too. I got lifetime insurance -- that's a big thing you know -- and you get residuals, which means after you do a show -- even the Bruce Lee show. Not Enter the Dragon ‘cause that was so long ago. So when it plays again, you get paid again. Every time it goes down in price, but you're making a lot of money. So you don't have to worry about where your next bill is coming from. She does sparring with world champion women and a couple of guys. When she comes down to our place, which is in North Hollywood California, she does damn good with the men. And when you fight her you don't have to be nice, I mean if you're a man. She'll break you up if she feels like it. She's got a good attitude. And when I say a good attitude, she's sadistic. And that I like."
While Ronda has never given an exact timetable for her retirement from MMA, she isn't exactly confirming to staying in the hurt business for years on end. But, she isn't in a rush to leave the Octagon behind for the bright lights of Hollywood, either.
Currently undefeated (10-0, 4-0 UFC), Rousey is sitting pretty at the top of the sport as she gets ready to defend her title for the fourth time against Cat Zingano at UFC 184 on Feb. 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
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