Ronda Rousey On Media Silence: ‘I Believe Hearing Me Speak Is A Privilege’

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This will definitely not go over well with fans.

At one point during her MMA, Ronday Rousey was the most dominant female athlete in the UFC and she was adored for being able to destroy her opponents with such ease.

Everything changed once in November of 2010 when Holly Holm delivered the kick heard round the world that ended her reign of terror and Rousey immediately became distant towards the media as a result. Things only got worse once she returned, which culminated in a 48-second defeat at the hands of Amanda Nunes.

Since that second straight loss, Rousey hasn’t really opened back up to the media as she transitioned to the WWE. On Wednesday, however, she participated in a Q&A at the Wild Card West boxing gym alongside director Peter Berg to promote their upcoming film Mile 22, and elaborated on why she decided to become distant towards the media.

“We live in an age of trial by Twitter,” Rousey said, according to MMAjunkie. “What is really gained by stating opinion on anything? It whittles people down. It gets cut and pasted 10 times and it’s in (a) headline.

“(Famous people) keep more and more of it to themselves. Why should I talk? I believe hearing me speak is a privilege, and it’s a privilege that’s been abused, so why not revoke it from everyone? I don’t believe public criticism beating you down is the right thing to do.”

She then acknowledged that losing back-to-back like she did took her a massive toll on her because of the criticism that followed.

“My parents expected me to be special, so I expected to be special,” Rousey said. “I was just trying to create the job I wanted, and I wouldn’t have the audacity to do that if my mom didn’t tell me I could.

“But one thing my mother never taught me was how to lose. She never wanted me to entertain it as a possibility. She’d say: ‘Let it suck. It deserves to suck.’”

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