If there is one thing we have all learned about Ronda Rousey it’s that she isn’t afraid to get into fights, especially if it involves Starbucks.
The undefeated UFC champ revealed to Self magazine that she once hustled guys as a teen in exchange for money to buy Frappuccinos. She said:
“After school, my friend and I would go to the Promenade, where a lot of shady characters hung out. I loved Frappuccinos, but I only got $5 a day for lunch. If I ate, that meant I didn’t have enough money for a Frappuccino.
“So we would go over to these kids and say, ‘I bet you $10 I could beat up anyone of you.’ There were always some guys who could use the money. We’d fight and I’d do something to get them to give up, and they’d give us $10 and we’d go get Frappuccinos … That was, like, my side gig for a little while.”
Rousey, 28, had tough beginnings that molded her into the incredibly strong fighter she is today. As a child she struggled with a speech impediment until the age of 6 and had to cope with the loss of her father when he committed suicide when she was 8 years old. She told the magazine:
“Even if they don’t know it, everyone has the instinct to survive.”
As a young adult, Rousey faced hardships before attaining her amazing success as an athlete. Though she now lives comfortably in Venice, California, Rousey was once so broke she slept in her car. The two-time Olympian is also an advocate for female empowerment as she stated:
“I want my name to be mentioned along with Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali. And I don’t want the word woman to be in front of champion.”
The mega-successful Rousey no longer partakes in street fights in order to pay for her Starbucks. As the highest-paid fighter in her sport, she has been offered sponsorships and endorsements from companies including shoe brands and fast food chains. People are probably also smarter now to know not to mess with Ronda Rousey.