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Live discussion: Ronda Rousey talks UFC, answers fan questions

February 05, 2013|By Houston Mitchell

UFC women's champion Ronda Rousey will take part in a live video chat on Tuesday at 1 p.m. PT (previously scheduled at 11 a.m.) with Times MMA writer Lance Pugmire. Viewers watching the live chat will have a chance to submit questions for Rousey to answer during the show.

As Pugmire wrote earlier about Rousey,

"Ronda Rousey said making her debut as the first Ultimate Fighting Championship women’s champion at Anaheim’s Honda Center is beyond her wildest imagination.

“If someone said you could write down a list of everything you ever wanted, I’d say, ‘Win all my fights. Be in the UFC. Have it at home. And have a kick-[rear] undercard.’ People’s dreams aren’t supposed to come true like that.”

"Yet, the unbeaten Rousey will have that date, defending her new belt against Liz Carmouche on Feb. 23. Tickets go on sale Friday for the card, which will include a light-heavyweight fight between Temecula’s Dan Henderson and Brazil’s Lyoto Machida.

"Rousey and UFC President Dana White met with reporters at Morton’s in Burbank on Wednesday, a spirited discussion in which Rousey revealed the star power that convinced White to establish a women’s division.

“I always said the women’s talent pool is not deep enough to start a division, and now people are saying, ‘It sounds like the Ronda Rousey show … ,’ and I say, ‘You’re damn right it is. It takes a certain type of person, personality and fighter to appeal to everyone. She’s got it.… She’s a home run, man.”

"Rousey told of growing up in Santa Monica “as more of a fighter, a tomboy. I cut my hair short, people called me ‘Ronnie.”

"She said a bartending job forced her to first wear makeup.

“The lighting was dim, so I could mess up,” Rousey said of her makeup work. “Being girly now, it’s working.”

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