Ronda Rousey Keeps Her Promise, Attends Marine Corps Ball
After Ronda Rousey shockingly lost to Holly Holm at UFC 193, the former MMA champ vanished from the public spotlight. This normally wouldn’t be as big a deal, except she’d promised to attend the Marine Corps Ball with Lance Corproal Jarrod Haschert, who’d asked her to be his date in a video that went viral back in August. When Haschert stated on social media that Rousey hadn’t been in touch in recent weeks, many wrote Rousey off, assuming she wouldn’t come through on her promise. But it appears Rousey had a very good reason for never touching base to see if the date was still on: for her, there was never any risk of her not keeping her word!
“After the fight, she never hesitated for a second whether or not she was going to attend,” a source close to the fighter told ESPN. “She made a promise to a Marine and was going to keep that promise. It was as simple as that. That’s Ronda.”
And so Rousey flew to South Carolina on Friday morning, keeping her appearance a closely guarded secret to avoid it coming across as a publicity stunt. For her part, Rousey was glad to have a dance to set her sights on, especially after the Holm loss.
“Honestly I probably would stay on my couch crying and eating ice cream for another month if he didn’t ask me,” Rousey told TMZ, as she was approached at the airport.
Some pics surfaced on social media, which you can check out below:
Good on Ronda for keeping her word. Not a lot of celebrities would, particularly after going through something as devastating as her first loss. I have a ton of respect for her, and this only amplifies it.
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