Before she made millions fighting under the UFC bright lights, Ronda Rousey fought in the streets … for Starbucks money?
That's right. In a video interview with Sports Illustrated, Rousey stated she got her fighting bones challenging men so she could buy Starbucks Frappuccinos. Guys would accept the challenge, assuing they could easily displace a young girl.
Boy they were wrong, as Rousey tells it:
"It would just start wherever the guy was. I would give him a choke and an arm bar and we would get him to say he gave up ... and then we'd go buy Frappuccinos. Those [were] my first pro fights. Will fight for Frappuccinos."
From there, Rousey became the No. 1 women's fighter in America at age 16. She followed up by becoming the first woman to medal in Olympic judo at Beijing. After a long journey transitioning from judo to female wrestling, Rousey signed with the UFC in 2012.
When Rousey appeared as a guest interview on American Idol, Ryan Seacrest fake flinched to get a laugh when she approached. The UFC champion responded, "I don't fight for free. Don't worry." Even from a young age, Rousey lived true to that credo.
She's a long way from fights in the promenade. On during the recent National Coffee Day, Rousey likely got her Frappuccino by just waiting in line.
Watch the video below.
(H/T: Sports Illustrated)