-- Ronda Rousey is making big headlines with the announcement that she’s set to star in a biopic based on her life inside the ring, with Carl’s Jr. also confirming to ABC News that she is their newest ad’s star. All of this is coming on the heels of Rousey’s earth-shattering UFC victory, downing her opponent in only 34 seconds.
But out of the arena, Rousey, 28, is speaking out against a different kind of opponent: Body-shamers.
“Ronda Rousey is disgustingly manly,” one person tweeted before her big fight. “How can people find her attractive?”
“Ronda Rousey is not sexy to me. Her features are manly,” another wrote.
USA Today sports columnist and ABC News contributor Christine Brennan, said, “This is a grandfather’s critique of a current-day athlete."
In the series “UFC 190 Embedded,” posted right before her big match this weekend, Rousey fought back.
“I think it’s hilarious, like, people say that my body looks masculine,” she said. “I think it’s femininely badass, because there’s not a single muscle in my body that isn’t for a purpose.”
The knockout star shows how body-proud she is in Sports Illustrated's most recent swimsuit edition and in ESPN’s 2012 Body Issue.
Now, especially after the aftermath of her win, the conversation is changing. Those negative tweets are being replaced with an onslaught of positive ones. “She is absolutely beautiful,” one person tweeted.
“@RondaRousey is such a boss,” wrote another.
Brennan said, “Look at the money Ronda Rousey is making. Look at the fan base she has, look at the social media presence she has. This woman is on fire.”