Ronda Rousey on What Makes 'A Real Man'

October 8th 2015

Laura Donovan

Ronda Rousey recently explained what she considers a "real man." The UFC Women's Bantamweight champion has had an incredible year. She just became the first woman to cover Australia's Men's Fitness magazine, she recently defeated Bethe Correia to retain the Ultimate Fighting Championship's Women's Bantamweight title (in a fight that lasted just 34 seconds), ESPN Women voted her the Best Female Athlete Ever, and she appeared in this summer's "Entourage" movie.

With all of that in mind, Rousey believes a "real man" wouldn't be intimidated by this kind of success or try to downplay such accomplishments to boost his own ego.

"A real man is one that doesn’t feel the need to dim the light of his woman in order to make himself feel brighter," Rousey told the Huffington Post in an new extensive interview.

Rousey also believes hard-working women should want their men to have big dreams, adding that some men are afraid of successful women because they'll feel the need to compete.

"An ambitious woman makes the man in her life step up his game," she said. "It’s easy to be lazy and not push yourself when you’re with a woman who doesn’t challenge you at all. I think that’s why some men are intimidated by successful women, because they’re intimidated by that challenge and that comparison and really having that in their lives, having someone to pursue achievements with. It’s hard—I’ve had relationships where it turns into a competition and that’s not a good thing at all."

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As ATTN: noted earlier this week, Rousey faced backlash from men, after appearing on the cover of Australia's Men's Fitness magazine, as certain people felt she did not deserve to grace the front of a men's publication.


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With regards to the backlash, Rousey said plenty of women have covered so-called "men's magazines" before and that she has every right to do the same.

"Just because I’m not a man, it doesn’t mean I can’t have helpful input about what could be related to the health of a man," she said. "I’m a fighter and the principles of fighting are applicable to everyone."

Not the first time Rousey has had to contend with sexism.

This wasn't the first time Rousey faced sexist comments from men. Late last month, UFC legend David "Tank" Abbott made sexist remarks about Rousey during an appearance on the podcast "The Proving Ground." Rousey had recently claimed she could beat fighter Floyd Mayweather in a "no rules" match, but Abbott expressed doubt that she could do this as a female.

"She's a girl," he said. "It's all about this emotional stuff."

Over the summer, Rousey called out boxing champion Floyd Mayweather's history of domestic abuse when she won ESPY for Best Fighter of the Year. "I wonder how Floyd feels being beaten by a woman for once," Rousey stated. "I’d like to see him pretend he doesn’t know who I am now."

Mayweather went on to dismiss her remarks during an ESPN interview in which he referred to his big win against Manny Pacquiao.

"I just say that, you know, I have yet to see any MMA fighter or other boxer make over $300 million in 36 minutes," Mayweather said. "You know, when she can do that, then call me."