Ronda Rousey has been a polarizing figure in MMA from day one. And since her knockout loss against Holly Holm last month, Rousey has taken an inordinate amount of online abuse.
Social media has lit up with hate, the vast majority of which has nothing to do with constructive criticism. Much of it has been venomous and unfair against someone who has accomplished an incredible amount in the sport in a short time.
In an interesting first-person essay for Vice Sports, Rousey’s sister Maria Burns Ortiz addressed those repulsive words of others — none of which she actually reads — among other things.
“Occasionally I wonder how people could say such awful things about someone they don’t even know, someone they’ve never met,” Burns Ortiz wrote. “I attribute it to the fact that their mothers probably didn’t love them enough, and then I briefly curse out the part of the Internet that allows people to hide behind anonymity as they let out the worst parts of themselves.
“Sometimes, all you can do is think, ‘What the f*ck is wrong with you people?'”
Rousey has not said much since the defeat against Holly Holm at UFC 193 ended her undefeated streak. She opened up in an interview with ESPN The Magazine and has been caught a couple of times by TMZ, but that’s all. Burns Ortiz, a sports writer and author of Rousey’s book My Fight/Your Fight, broke down what it has been like for someone close to her, as she ascended to being the biggest star in MMA and then dealt with the heartbreaking loss.
Burns Ortiz has not watched her sister’s fight against Holm and won’t. She hasn’t read a word about it, either.
“I don’t see a point in reliving the moment when a part of my loved ….View full article
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