Maybe this is just another master stroke of publicity to increase ratings, but it’s easy to figure that things must have gone badly for Coach Ronda Rousey during the filming of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 18 when she pretty much admits that she’s bound to come off looking completely cray cray on TV. According to USA today (via MMAMania), people who see the show on TV are bound to think that Rousey has a “Mike Kyle–Tony Lopez doodoo soul”:
I think it was very good for the women’s division, and I think it definitely needed to happen, but you couldn’t pay me $10 million to do it again. How could people possibly know who you are from a couple of clips of a video that people are seeing out of context? That’s no way for people to get to know you, so I’m just preparing for people to get the worst idea of who I am.
The assumption that the clips will be taken out of context is analogous to Aaron Hernandez now saying the evidence will be rigged against him. If Rousey’s guy-repellent personality is indeed exposed through the show, the evidence is unlikely to be fabricated from whole cloth. It’s hard to take it seriously when Dana White calls her antics on the show “pure fucking mayhem,” because he also said that the season featuring Antonio “Frankenstein” Nogueira was less funereal and more like Weekend at Bernie’s than it actually was. But when Rousey admits that millions of people are likely to see her as cunting it up (as Joe Rogan puts it), she’s also admitting that they’re likely to have a reason for it.
However, I don’t think this will damage women’s MMA at all. Trash-talking stars don’t make less money than others, if they can hold the other aspects of their careers together well enough without getting distracted by the flapping of their own jaws. And the chances of Rousey going off the deep end completely seem low. Thus, I feel comfortable encouraging everyone to sit back, relax, and enjoy how shitty women can be to each other when it debuts tomorrow.