The shady side of Ronda Rousey

In November 2015, Ronda Rousey's undefeated fighting record fell to Holly Holm, a former pro-boxer who cleaned Rousey's clock and knocked the champ out cold with a swift kick to the head during their title fight. Rousey is one of the most famous athletes in the world, the face of a sport, and a legit celeb. She plays herself in the Entourage movie and regularly appears on late night talk shows, charming the pants off hosts and looking all sexy in cleavage-baring dresses. But Rousey's MMA star just dimmed significantly, as weaknesses in her game were exposed. Know what else is about to be revealed? The shady side of Ronda Rousey. The darling of the sports world may be tough and hot, but she's not always on the up and up.

She Is in Litigation With Her Ex-Manager

Rousey's former manager Darin Harvey, who handled her career when it began taking off, Instagrammed his unedited, raw feelings about her first pro defeat. He posted: "KARMA. No need for revenge. Just sit back & wait. Those who hurt you will eventually screw up themselves & if you're lucky, GOD will let you watch." Ouch. There is clearly bad blood simmering between these two former colleagues. They are currently in litigation over the dissolution of their former business relationship. According to MMA Junkie, Harvey acknowledged his complicity in building her Hollywood persona, saying, "I created a monster. She believed she was as special as the press made her out to be. They give me absolutely no credit for the success of her career. She's not a good person. You don't forget where you came from." It sounds like a hybrid of sour grapes and genuine disappointment that their relationship crumbled.

She Is Dating A Married Man

Rousey is in a romantic relationship with fellow UFC fighter, heavyweight Travis Browne. SB Nation noted that Browne is married and his wife once accused him of domestic violence. Of their romance, Browne said, "She's my woman and I'm her man. There's no boyfriend, girlfriend stuff. There's no dating. We're together." Okay, so they don't go on dates, but they are together. That's just a shady description and it's not romantic. It's very caveman-like.

She Was Unnecessarily Rude When Asked About Her Relationship

When Rousey was asked about her dating life during a media conference call promoting UFC 193, the fighter promptly terminated the call and effectively hung a bunch of journalists with deadlines and copy to file out to dry for a few minutes. She could have easily said, "Next question" or "No comment," instead of bailing on the promotional commitment. She later released a statement to ESPN, saying, "I don't talk about my personal life much. That's why it's called 'personal life.' It's true that Travis and I are in a relationship. I've really enjoyed the time we have spent together and getting to know one another. And that's all I'm going to say about it." If you're going to live the celebrity life, you better be prepared to deal with the media probing about your personal affairs. Sorry, that's just how it is.

She Didn't Touch Gloves With Holm Prior To Their Fight

Even Lady Gaga noted on Instagram that Rousey's decision to not customarily touch gloves with Holm in the ring before their fight was a shady and unprofessional gesture. Touching gloves is a sign of sportsmanship and respect, so Rousey refusing to do so was the equivalent of spitting in Holm's face. While we understand her "eye of the tiger" vibe and her need to view her opponent as the enemy and her prey, it was unsportswomanlike and ignorant.

She Verbally Dissed Holm And Disrespected Her At The Weigh In

The ladies nearly came to blows at the pre-fight weigh in. It was a vintage WWE-like moment. Rousey dissed her foe, saying, "I just wanted to get in her face and show her that I was there for a reason. She's the one that put the fist on my face. I didn't touch her. She's the one that touched me and I told her that fake, sweet act—I can see right through it. I really do. It was all fake. All until now. All that respect, all that everything, all you being sweet. I see right now that it's fake and you're gonna get it on Sunday." Rousey continued to spew bravado, saying, "You're not the first person that thought that you had the perfect plan to beat me. It's not the first time that your camp thought they had the perfect plan to beat me. I'm gonna show you on Sunday why I'm the champ." Ultimately, Rousey was feeding the external drama and that's likely why she was so unprepared for the fight and lost. It's shady for a fighter not to give a decorated opponent their due respect. Holm is a celebrated former boxer who deserved better.

Her Peers Don't Think She Has Paid Her Dues

Rousey is arguably the biggest MMA star ever. But her peers feel she hasn't paid her dues or earned her status in the ring, exchanging that currency for celebrity. Her nemesis Miesha Tate considers Rousey's career to be a matter of being in the right place at the right time. She told Fox Sports, "Every single woman that fights MMA has done just as much work as Ronda has, we just haven't gotten as much turnaround. Those women who came before her haven't been on magazine covers; they weren't plastered everywhere by the UFC. They didn't get the same reward back. She got ten times back what she was putting in and maybe everyone else was getting one to one."

She Punched An Ex-Boyfriend In The Face

Rousey recalled coming to blows with an ex-boyfriend in her book My Fight/Your Fight. She claimed it was not domestic violence in which she was the perpetrator but self-defense, since he was blocking her exit and she needed to free herself from a situation in which she was uncomfortable. She wrote, "I slapped him with my right hand. He still wouldn't move. Then I grabbed him by the neck of his hoodie, kneed him in the face, and tossed him aside on the kitchen floor." He followed to her the car and she again claimed that she was protecting herself, saying, "I punched him in the face with a straight right, then a left hook. He staggered back and fell against the door. I walked around the car, pulled him by the neck of the hoodie again, dragged him onto the sidewalk, and left him writhing there as I sped away." Some might call that abuse perpetrated by a woman.

She benefited from a media blackout (and huge double standard)

Despite the many questions the media had for Ronda Rousey ahead of her UFC 207 comeback, reporters weren't given the chance to ask a single one. The reason: prior to her comeback, Rousey was the beneficiary of a complete "media blackout." As UFC President Dana White explained, "Ronda has given more than anybody. If you look at the amount of press that's been done by any fighter in the UFC in UFC history, Ronda smokes everybody by a long shot. And this is the way she wanted it. The only thing she cares about right now is focusing on winning."

White's statement almost sounds authentically sympathetic. The problem? He took the exact opposite stance with a man many consider the current face of UFC: Conor McGregor. McGregor was pulled from the landmark UFC 200 card because he refused to stop training so that he could fly to Las Vegas to promote his rematch against Nate Diaz. Said White, "I respect Conor as a fighter and I like him as a person. But you can't decide not to show up to these things. You have to do it."

The double standard becomes more glaring when you realize these statements by White were made within the same calendar year.

Her coach may be ruining her career

While many hailed Ronda Rousey as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, women MMA fighters of all time, there were some serious questions about her coach, Edmond Tarverdyan. These criticisms increased in the lead up to Rousey's fight against Holly Holm, with Rousey's own mother leading the charge. Just weeks ahead of Rousey's devastating knockout loss, Dr. AnnMaria De Mars called Tarverdyan "a terrible coach" and "an idiot and a fraud." It's worth noting that Tarverdyan lost his cornerman license in California for falsifying documents.

In addition to his shady business practices, Tarverdyan took Rousey's career in a questionable direction following her knockout victory over Bethe Correia. Despite Rousey's notorious armbar submission being her best known finisher, Tarverdyan decided to encourage Rousey to put most of her focus on a stand up game that simply didn't exist. This was first exposed in her upset loss against Holly Holm and even moreso during her failed comeback against Amanda Nunes.

Nunes went so far as to criticize Tarverdyan for putting it in Rousey's head that she should stand and trade shots with experienced strikers. Said Nunes, "I knew [Rousey] was going to to strike with me, because she thinks it because her boxing coach told her she has good striking." It only took Nunes 48 seconds to dispel the myth and potentially expose Edmond Tarverdyan as a questionable MMA coach.

If Rousey opts to attempt a second comeback, many believe she should do so with someone other than Tarverdyan in her corner.

Was her comeback attempt really a quick cash grab?

Despite being on the receiving end of a devastating KO by Amanda Nunes, Rousey's paycheck dwarfed her opponents by an absurd amount. According to reports, Nunes made $200,000 for winning the fight and retaining her women's bantamweight title, while Ronda Rousey reportedly stands to make at least $3,000,000 for agreeing to the fight. If true, that would mean that Rousey made approximately $62,500 per second! That Rousey made millions of dollars for the one fight have some wondering if it was as much of a comeback as it was a cash grab. After all, UFC fighters are for the most part an underpaid group of athletes.

Although Rousey's star power meant she wouldn't struggle in this regard, it's also possible that she wasn't willing to risk a pay dip if her best fight days were indeed behind her. Some also believe that Rousey has her eye on a Hollywood career and other cash endorsements. It could be that the only people expecting a prolonged Rousey comeback her fight fans, whereas Rousey already had one eye on the exit.

Such a possibility would make her quick loss that much more disappointing, as it would mean that her heart was never in fighting again and that she already knew she'd be well paid and able to move on from the UFC regardless of the fight's outcome.