Ronda Rousey has been getting some rough press in the lead-up to and take-away from UFC 168. Is Ronda Rousey’s head getting too big? Is she really not nice? Why wouldn’t she shake Miesha’s hand? It’s probably time to stop focusing on that and focus on the fact that when it comes to MMA fandom her taste is pretty great. How great? Fedor Emelianenko is her favorite fighter and she said that she’d have 57 of his babies.
In fact, Fedor is what Ronda Rousey imagines when she thinks of a MMA fighter. [source]
“Do I want to have 57 of his babies?” Rousey asked rhetorically. “It’s true. I think he’s married, though, so I’m not allowed.”
“He was like my first real exposure to MMA. Manny and Karo I would see little bits of their stuff; I didn’t know it was like a real thing. I would see Karo putting on his Heat shorts and boxing in front of a camera, while I’m sitting there in my Judo gi while everyone else is doing Judo, and I’m like ‘Guys, Karo is over there boxing in his underwear. It’s really weird.’
“So I never thought of it as a real thing, until a couple years ago a friend of mine showed me a Fedor Emelianenko highlight, and it just blew my mind. And I was like ‘That is just the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen in the whole world and that guy was just so cool.’ And so he’s always been my image of what MMA is supposed to be, and what it really is. I will always be not so secretly in love with Fedor Emelianenko.”