Ronda Rousey, the first UFC female champion, has decided to take her training camp elsewhere for her UFC debut. Rousey meets Liz Carmouche at UFC 157 in February.
Instead of working with the fighters at Cesar Gracie’s gym, Rousey has brought her camp to Big Bear. Typically, the former Olympian trains with the likes of Nick and Nate Diaz, but she wanted the focus to be solely on her this time.
“We’re kind of doing our own thing and renting out a gym and a house up in Big Bear,” said Rousey, during a recent interview with MMA Fight Corner. “We’re bringing people in.”
Rousey cited the recent rash of MMA injuries as one of the main reasons for her decision to train away from the Gracie gym, adding, “like boxers, they take their fight camp and center it all around one person. So, I’m kind of spoiled like that. I like my own, it’s all about me. I want my fight camp to be about me.”
The undefeated superstar has helped provide a road to the UFC for female fighters, including her opponent, Carmouche. Unlike her title-winning fight over Miesha Tate, Rousey actually likes Carmouche – outside of the Octagon.
“She’s smart. She’s one clever chick,” Rousey said. “I’m still gonna take her and see if her and her girlfriend want to go surfing after the fight, regardless of the outcome.”