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Ronda Rousey responds to marketing gripe from Jon Jones: 'I worked really hard to earn the help'

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After struggling to get recognition at the beginning of her MMA career, Ronda Rousey says she deserves the backing and support she's received from UFC.

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Jon Jones recently voiced what seemed to be his displeasure at the fact that he hasn't been marketed to his full potential by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) public relations team; unlike UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, who Jones says has benefited greatly from the company's marketing machine.

But speaking during yesterday's (Feb. 12, 2014) UFC 170 media conference call, "Rowdy" says a lot of her success outside of the Octagon has been through her own hard work.

"I mean, I don't know exactly what he said, but, I work really hard. I might be getting some help from the UFC now, and I appreciate all of the support," said Rousey. "But, to get to this point, there were a lot of spots where I didn't have any help at all, and so I feel like I'm owed a little bit of help, dammit," said Ronda with a laugh.

"I had to do so much of it in the beginning, this is nice. I'm not going to complain about it. They can help me all they want," she added.

Indeed, Ronda's movie roles in "The Expendables 3" and "Fast and Furious 7" as well as "Entourage" and "Athena Project" can be attributed to Ronda's agents over at William Morris Endeavor, as well.

Then again, "Rowdy" would have likely never earned such recognition from Hollywood had UFC President Dana White never given women a chance to display their talents inside the world-famous Octagon.

Of course, it was Ronda's unmatched charisma and fighting skills that eventually convinced White to give in. So let's just say Ronda's success is a result of a team effort.

One Rousey appreciates and definitely doesn't take for granted ... or reject.