Glendale, California – Ronda Rousey is preparing for her next fight in Australia jabbing to the rhythm of her hands-down favorite, salsa singer Hector Lavoe.
“That's the rhythm of boxing," said the UFC star of Venezuelan descent during media day at The Glendale Fighting Club on Tuesday. "Hector Lavoe’s family was nice enough to send me posters and T-shirts and stuff because I was listening to it nonstop,” she added.
The undefeated women’s bantamweight champion is at full steam as she trains to defend her title against Holly Holm on Nov. 14.
“Every single [opponent] gives me a new opportunity to really practice a new way to keep my focus,“ said Rousey. “Holly is a structured opponent,” she added.
“I feel like I’m going to have much more of an opportunity to show everything that I’m really capable of, I feel like I’m really good at a lot of things people haven’t seen yet, and I’m going to be able to show it with Holly."
As Rousey prepares for Holm, also an American, she said they share a mutual respect for one another — something that didn’t seem to be the case with Brazilian Betche Correia, with whom she exchanged harsh words on social media. Rousey eventually knocked out Correia after just 34 seconds.
“[Holly Holm] seems like a very, very nice person, a sweet girl,” said Rousey about her contender.
But Rousey is not letting her guard down, saying she can’t savor her unofficial title of best fighter on the planet.
“I always have some new person trying to take that away from me,” she added. "I don't feel it until right after I win, because I feel it’s all in peril right now, until I beat Holly, I can’t revel in anything, I have to beat Holly first.”
Rousey and Holm, who are the main event at UFC 193 are making history. For the first time ever, the UFC will feature female fighters fighting for their titles, in both the main event and the co-main event, which has Joanna Jedrzejczyk defending her straw weight title against Valerie Letourneau.
The ladies look to fill the 70,000-seat Eithad Stadium in Melbourne - it could also set a world record in attendance for an UFC bout, whose record was originally set four years ago in Toronto with 55,724.
With a 6-0 record, Rousey wants to set her own bar even higher.
“I would love to have the chance to be the boxing world champion, and I would love to have the chance to be a jiu-jitsu world champion," the confident fighter said. "I'd love to have the chance to be the Divas world champion and just be the best of everything at one point."
And that’s why making history as the first MMA fighter to land the cover of “Ring” a magazine, considered the boxing bible, was special for her.
“It made a lot of people angry and a lot of people happy at the same time, but it’s still an honor to be the first MMA fighter to be on the cover of such a historic magazine."
Rousey, sporting a T-shirt paying tribute to boxing legend Muhammad Ali, has made her passion for boxing very clear.
“I only wanted to be on it because of all the respect I do have for the sport.” Rousey said, “[boxing] has been such a positive in my life, I’ve really fallen in love with boxing in the process of doing MMA.”
"I want to be remembered as one of the greatest fighters of all time, in any sport,” the UFC champion said. "If anyone is capable, I am."
Rousey who is unapologetic in saying she wants ‘to do it all’ is also getting ready to film a new movie in 2016. The fighter has the leading role in the upcoming remake of ‘Road House,” a role originally played by Patrick Swayze in 1989.
"There is no way that any other man could possibly be the Swayze [role], you would have to re-imagine it in some way, because no one is ever going to live up to him.”
Rousey is definitely in all the right circles in both her career in the ring, and in Hollywood. In fact, she calls actors like Vin Diesel a close friend, and even talks Judo with his daughter, via Skype.
“Yeah, she was showing me some moves beating up on her dad,“ she said, adding: “Hopefully after this fight, I'll be able to have some time and give her a personal arm bar lesson so she can practice on her dad as much as possible."