Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's bantamweight titleholder Ronda Rousey demands headlines. Whether she is stealing the show at the UFC 189 World Tour press conference, finishing her opponents before you can even blink your eye, or mouthing off to a potential foe, "Rowdy" is never far from the mixed martial arts (MMA) limelight.
While the dominant champ is noteworthy for handing out vicious beatdowns inside the Octagon, she is not immune to helping others outside of it.
While in Brazil this past weekend to promote her upcoming title fight against native Bethe Correia at UFC 190 -- which is expected to go down at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 1, 2015 -- "Rowdy" got some training in with newly minted lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos prior to handing out a $30,000 check to Reaction Institute, run by fellow Olympic judoka Flavio Canto.
The gloves from my last fight sold for 30k, and after visiting @flaviocanto's @institutoreacao I could think of no better cause to donate to. The look on his face was priceless ☺️
Can't wait to visit the kids again fresh off another win after #ufc190
Reaction Institute, known as Instituto Reacao in Brazil, is a non-governmental sporting program for children.
Created by Olympic medalist Flavio Canto in 2003, the Reaction Institute is a non-governmental organization that promotes human development and social inclusion through sport and education, promoting judo from the sport initiation to high performance. The proposal is to use sport as an educational tool and social transformation, forming black bands on and off the mat.
The reaction Institute has been working for over 10 years with a mission to promote human development through sport and education, and transform the concept of social responsibility in action in the lives of many people, integrating different social classes the sport.