Ronda Rousey gets clicks. Naked Ronda Rousey gets more clicks. That’s what you have to remind yourself today as the news cycle revolves around Ronda Rousey’s new book, her cover of Sports Illustrated and the fact that theres potentially some blurry pictures of her naked ass that someone took without her consent.
Never mind the fact that Ronda has essentially changed the fighting world as the most dominant female fighter (possibly athlete) in the world. Never mind the fact that she’s written a book that will no doubt focus on her overcoming adversity and working midnight shifts while training, broke, for the Olympics. No, we need every headline to focus on the fact that she was naked once.
“Writing the book, the whole, ‘My Fight, Your Fight’ thing has really forced me to be introspective and figure out why I do things the way I do. It was because of that one ex, we called him ‘Snappers McCreepy,’ because we caught him taking naked pictures of me. The first thing I did was take naked pictures for ESPN.
“If it’s going to get out there, then I want it to get out there on my terms. The same thing with playing the heel. If people are going to dislike me it’s because I sought for it to be that way.”
“It was right before my first title fight, actually. It was like two weeks before and I was pumping out a lot of social media to try and get people to pay attention. He went to work and I stayed behind and was using his computer. I was downloading a picture off Facebook so I could put it on to Twitter. You know how it shows the preview of recent downloads?
“I was downloading something and then I just saw a bunch of ass! ‘What is that?’ It looked like it was amateurly taken. I had to look so I looked at it and it was all me.”
“You know when you’re just comfortable naked around somebody? Like you’re just naked on the bed playing DragonVale on your phone? I brush my teeth naked. That was all, every single thing, all naked. I just thought he was on his phone texting people. He asked to take picture of me before and I was like, ‘No, of course not.’ He knew I didn’t [approve]. That’s why his name was Snappers McCreepy and if you read the book you can see how I reacted to said photos.”
“After I got out of there and dealt with that situation, the better way to do it is just like, ‘You know what? If there’s naked pictures out there, I’m going to go take naked pictures myself and I’m going to put it out there on my terms. If people aren’t going to like me, then they’re not going to like me on my terms. I’m going to be the most fantastical villain they’ve ever seen.
“There could be stuff on his phone. I don’t know. It could come up any day, to be honest. That’s one of the reasons I went and wrote this book. The truth is the best armor. Data and information is what power is right now. If I put everything out there then I really don’t ever have to worry about anyone holding anything against me. I’d rather people find these things out from me then later.”