Few fighters are willing to talk about politics in the public eye because it can often split the audience. As usual, UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey is the exception to the rule.
Rousey spoke to Maxim magazine recently and explained why she is backing Bernie Sanders for the upcoming United States presidential election.
After making it clear that she has no interest in voting for Donald Trump earlier this year, Rousey told Maxim that if Sanders were to lose the primary, she has no interest in voting for Hilary Clinton either.
Rousey told Maxim the following:
“I’m voting for Bernie Sanders, because he doesn’t take any corporate money,” Rousey told Maxim. “I don’t think politicians should be allowed to take money for their campaigns from outside interests.”
As for what she’d do if her man were to lose the primary, Rousey said, “If he doesn’t win against Hillary, then I’ll probably vote for a third party again. To be honest, in 2012 I was against both candidates and so I just picked any third party because I thought if more people voted for third parties then they’d have to take third parties seriously.”
In fact, Rousey says she was so disenchanted with the two-party system that she voted for comedian Roseanne Barr’s third-party bid in 2012.
“I voted for Roseanne last time,” Rousey said. “Mostly I went in to vote for all the state and local things. I was so unimpressed with the whole presidential campaign that I picked whatever third party I saw, and I saw Roseanne and thought, ‘That’s awesome.’ But I’m really pulling for Sanders this time. I hope it works out.”
As for her fighting career, “Rowdy” Ronda returns to the Octagon this Saturday, as she defends her UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship against undefeated contender Holly Holm in the main event of UFC 193 at the mammoth Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.