Ronda Rousey

You made US MAXIM’s Hot 100 last year. As someone who is so competitive, do you feel there were any women who outranked you who didn’t deserve it?
It would have been really funny if I’d beaten [UFC Octagon Girl] Arianny Celeste, because that would be like a triathlete coming along and beating the runners in a marathon. Like, “Ha-ha, it’s your job to show your titties — I do that better than you!” Maybe this year. She’s only getting older, and I’m reaching my prime.

During the 2012 Strikeforce Bantamweight Championship against Miesha Tate, you delivered what was called “one of the most savage arm-bars in history.” What was going through your head as you watched her elbow bend backward?
I knew her arm was out, but she was still trying to escape with a bridge, so I was trying to put her arm in my other hand. I was sitting up trying to punch her with my right hand when she finally gave up. I didn’t feel bad about it — I was reacting to the situation. I treat the fight like it’s up for grabs until the very end.

Have you kept a tally of your own injuries?
Not at all. I mean, I’ve separated my shoulder and my collarbone; I’ve messed up my knee a million times. I’ve broken my foot in several places. I’ve broken my toe a bunch, broken my nose a couple of times, and had a bunch of other annoying little injuries, like turf toe and arthritis and tendinitis. It’s part of the game. It’s not like I work at Build-A-Bear, you know?

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Jason Derulo

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