— 7 News Perth (@7NewsPerth) February 28, 2016
Australia’s 7 News Perth was one of many outlets that talked to Ronda Rousey as part of a EA Sports UFC 2-centric media day in Vancouver, British Columbia recently, with the video going up over the weekend. The interview itself is a pretty basic puff piece centering on how she doesn’t blame Australia (where she was knocked out for Holly Holm) for anything, how the swimsuit design that was painted on her in Sports Illustrated was from an Australian designer, and so on. Which is kind of why the interview became newsworthy: In the above clip that 7 News Perth tweeted, you can see that they had their cameras running before the interview…and caught Rousey’s public relations representative telling them that they can’t ask about fighting, or else she will walk out.
This is the bit of interaction that’s included in the story:
PR Rep: “Guy over there just asked a question, it was DONE.”
Interviewer [after an edit]: “She’s a fighter. It’s like asking me to do a basketballer and not talking about basketball.”
Obviously, this is going to lead to a lot of speculation about whether or not Rousey is done with fighting. For the time being, it appears that her acting career has not been negatively affected by the change in public perception that her brutal UFC Bantamweight Championship loss to Holm caused, and if Holm remains champion after UFC 196 this Saturday, she’s clearly a tough stylistic matchup for Rousey. She may not need fighting anymore. For now, though, we don’t really know.