Long before Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's bantamweight queen Ronda Rousey broke onto the scene, landed a cover on Sports Illustrated, wrote her own book, stripped down for ESPN, and acted in a handful of films, the Olympic judoka was a Strikeforce champ not earning near the accolades she would once she hopped over to UFC.
Of course, this was around the same time when UFC President Dana White infamously stated that women would never fight inside the Octagon.
Once the Strikeforce roster was folded into UFC, it was only a matter of time before Rousey and her female counterparts would be making their way to mixed martial arts (MMA) history, but hiccups in contract negotiations had "Rowdy" flying on a private jet all over the world with the UFC President just in case a deal was struck and the duo could announce Rousey's signing together.
When a male and female end up spending a lot of time with each other, rumors are bound to catch on, and some believed White and Rousey had more than a platonic relationship.
Rousey was recently on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, and she discussed this strange transition in her life, while also making it evident that she and Dana were strictly friends and business associates.
From Bloody Elbow:
"No, I just told the story the way that I told it. And that was one of the things on my mind, that I had to keep it a secret, for that long, that I was gonna be in the UFC. That was something I really had to go through. I'm terrible at keeping secrets. I'm terrible at deflecting things if someone is like, "Why are you here?" And I can't say why I'm there? I mean, that was a really frustrating time for me. To leave that out would be omitting the truth."
"Yeah, it was annoying, but it was also kind of cool in that, you know, I was flying around on a private plane, being spoiled. But, it was annoying in that I kept getting built up and then let down and built up and let down. And it happened, like, three times until they surprised me."
Don't worry Maniacs, you still have a shot with "Rowdy!"
As for Rousey's next "date," the UFC champ is getting prepared to step into enemy territory when she takes on rising contender Bethe Correia at the UFC 190 pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled to go down inside HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 1, 2015.