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Posted May 12, 2015 by Melanie Gale in News
 
 

Ronda Rousey Feared Revenge Porn: “The truth is the best armor”


UFC Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey’s (11-0) PR tour for her book, “My Fight/Your Fight,” has seen the champ entertaining interviewers with stories of her life. But one story took a dark turn.

Rousey was hit with quite a bit of criticism when she choose to pose nude for the yearly ESPN Body Issue. But she revealed the reason she chose to do the photo shoot: protecting her image against a creeper ex-boyfriend she refers to as “Snappers McCreepy.”

“It was right before my first title fight, actually,” Rousey said. “It was like two weeks before and I was pumping out a lot of social media to try and get people to pay attention. He went to work and I stayed behind and was using his computer. I was downloading a picture off Facebook so I could put it on to Twitter. You know how it shows the preview of recent downloads?

“I was downloading something and then I just saw a bunch of ass! ‘What is that?’ It looked like it was amateurly taken. I had to look so I looked at it and it was all me.”

“You know when you’re just comfortable naked around somebody?” asked Rousey. “Like you’re just naked on the bed playing DragonVale on your phone? I brush my teeth naked. That was all, every single thing, all naked. I just thought he was on his phone texting people. He asked to take picture of me before and I was like, ‘No, of course not.’ He knew I didn’t [give permission]. That’s why his name was Snappers McCreepy and if you read the book you can see how I reacted to said photos.”

Just like in the Octagon, Rousey decided the best defense was a good offense, and refused to allow “Snappers” to body shame and victimize her, so she gave ESPN a call.

“You know what? If there’s naked pictures out there, I’m going to go take naked pictures myself and I’m going to put it out there on my terms. If people aren’t going to like me, then they’re not going to like me on my terms. There could be stuff on his phone. I don’t know. It could come up any day, to be honest. That’s one of the reasons I went and wrote this book. The truth is the best armor. Data and information is what power is right now. If I put everything out there then I really don’t ever have to worry about anyone holding anything against me. I’d rather people find these things out from me than later.”

Ronda Rousey’s “My Fight/Your Fight” hits stores today. Watch WomensMMA for a book review of “My Fight/Your Fight” later this week.

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