Following her interview alongside fellow rival Miesha Tate at the TUF 18 Finale, UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champ Ronda Rousey was heavily criticized for the way she behaved during the interview.
In a recent interview with MMA Junkie, Rousey blamed her sour mood that night on the death of Paul Walker and how people were confronting her about it.
“The whole day I was just being instigated by everybody and I was tired of being instigated,” Rousey told MMAjunkie. “I was being forced into situations where people were trying to instigate me.”
“I just got back from ‘Fast and Furious’ and all day, every single person who walked up to me was like ‘Oh my god, did you hear? Paul Walker died,’” Rousey recalled. “It was like a piece of gossip and they couldn’t wait. They were hoping they would be the first one to tell me so they could see my reaction first, and I was just really disgusted with everyone’s behavior about that the whole night.”
Rousey claims that the people around her asking about Walker’s death was upsetting her mood. This shouldn’t surprise anyone who has watched an episode of TUF 18; it’s not really that hard for Rousey to get upset. The champ is a phenomenal athlete, but she doesn’t have a reputation for handling her emotions very well.