UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey evinced some frustration during media week about some of the other ladies on the UFC payroll.
Nothing new there — she was certainly outspoken about her dislike for recent opponent Miesha Tate, and she’s said to be chomping at the bit to fight rising star Bethe Correira.
But this time, the target was neither, nor her next challenger Cat Zingano.
Regarding her compensation and that of other female fighters, Rousey said, as quoted by FOX News, “I think that they should get paid more than the ring girls.”
By “ring girls,” she meant those ladies who make appearances at UFC events, holding up signs with the round number and the like. They’re often called “Octagon Girls.”
“I don’t know if the ring girls get paid too much or the fighters don’t get paid enough,” Rousey said.
“But yeah. There’s definitely a lot more in what the fighters do than what they do. So, I think that’s one thing that’s unfair.”
One of them, Arianny Celeste, who has been with the UFC since 2006, responded on her Twitter account — and acquitted herself pretty well.
Of course, Rousey is likely correct about not being compensated enough by the UFC. Hopefully by the end of her career, she wins that fight. Still — call me crazy, but I may just have to score the round for the Octagon Girl.
Here are her tweets:
Everything I have I've worked hard for. I support my family. I'm happy. Assumptions makes asses out of everyone.
Blows my mind. I was nothing but respectful and nice when I met her.