For obvious reasons, UFC women’s bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey isn’t too happy about how she came off on The Ultimate Fighter 18.
On the show, many fans believe she seemed egotistical and prone to bouts of childish behavior. Rousey believes that portrayal isn’t accurate though, and that she was purposefully made out to be the “villain.”
“The experience sucked,” Rousey said at a recent media event, as transcribed by MMAFighting. “It wasn’t the perception. Yeah, they needed a villain and they made me fit the role and that’s fine. I wasn’t purposely going out of my way on the set to make these things happen. In hindsight it was a s— experience and it came out terrible for me.”
“We were really mistreated and disrespected by the whole production staff,” she added. “And everybody was going out of their way to get the most dramatic response possible.”
Rousey also pointed a finger at the members of Team Tate and its coaching staff, calling them “little b—- kids.”
“They’re like ‘we fear for our safety, they’re going to hurt us,'” she said. “They’re like these little b— kids in the classroom making nicey-nicey with the teacher, and then instigating with the other kids as soon as they turn around. They’re being b— when the camera was off, then she was like, ‘we’re such victims’ when the cameras were on.”
Rousey doesn’t regret doing the show though, but wants to point out that she didn’t agree to it for her own career. Instead, she did it for the division.
“If you think The Ultimate Fighter was the best opportunity for me at the time, you’re wrong,” she said. “It needed to be done for those girls and it needed to be done for the division and they benefited from it.”
“For Miesha [thought] it was the best opportunity at the time. It was really important for her to come off well because that was her moment to do so. So I’m like, look, I need to make sure that everyone sees this, I don’t need to come across like everybody loves me, so sure, it doesn’t matter to me, I can roll with this one, but I needed these girls to do well. … These kids are my kids for the long run and I would be absolutely shocked if Miesha even knew where her kids are today.”