“Rowdy” Ronda Rousey has been complaining about anabolic steroids and steroids users for almost three years and counting. She has insulted users as weak individuals who resort to the muscle-building drugs out of psychological weakness, lack of confidence and insecurity. Why does Rousey display so much animosity and hatred for steroid users?
“The people who take steroids, it ultimately comes from insecurity. It comes from them thinking that they’re not good enough without it,” Rousey said in a January 2012 interview with TapouT Radio.
“You know what? I’m crazy enough to think that I could win a fight on one leg in a ring of fire. I don’t need any drugs and when I see that people feel a need to do that, it’s a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of mental weakness and that they can’t find their own confidence without feeling like they need to cheat.”
Of course, Rousey may not really hate all steroid users. After all, she had no problem signing a sponsorship contract with Gaspari Nutrition in February 2012. Founder Rich Gaspari knows a thing or two about steroids since he competed at the higher echelons of professional bodybuilding where unrestricted steroid use is rampant.
Rousey also had no problem spending the weekend at the 2012 Arnold Classic after she defeated Meisha Tate at UFC 168. For those familiar with the Arnold Classic weekend expo, it probably has the largest concentration of anabolic steroid users than any other place in the world. Rousey no doubt signed autographs for steroid user after steroid user at the Gaspari booth.
The primary source of hatred for Rousey may not be steroids or steroid users at all. It may have more to do with Rousey’s dislike of Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino. Most people consider Justino the only real challenger for Rousey in women’s mixed martial arts (MMA) and specifically in the UFC women’s bantamweight division where Rousey has reigned as champion for the past few years.
Ever since Justino tested positive for the anabolic steroid stanozolol (aka Winstrol) after her fight against Hiroko Yamanaka in December 2011, Rousey has been relentless in attacking Cyborg and her alleged continued steroid use.
In April 2012, Rousey mocked Justino for her unfeminine appearance suggesting that the masculinizing side effects of steroids had turned her into a man.
“This girl has been on steroids for so long and injecting herself for so long that she’s not even a woman anymore,” Rousey told Yahoo Sports. “She’s an ‘it.’ It’s not good for the women’s division. It’s not good at all.”
In an interview with TapouT Radio in September 2012, Rousey suggested that steroids weren’t her real concern. It was the fact that Justino wanted to compete at a heavier weight than the 135-pound bantamweight cutoff. Rousey seemed to suggest that she would have no problem fighting a Justino who was juiced to the gills (or full of “horse semen”) as long as she was able to drop weight to the 135-pound bantamweight class.
“She’s the one, stop doping, lose the weight or she can either do the drugs and fight me at 135 and have the drugs be just as much a detriment as a help to her during the weight cut or she can cut out the doping and make the weight easily,” said Rousey. “As long as she makes 135, I don’t care if she’s injecting horse semen into her eye balls…”
Yet in November 2014, Rousey reconsidered whether the use of steroids by her opponents could represent a real danger to Rousey’s physical well-being. In an interview with The MMA Hour, Rousey expressed her fear that a steroid-fueled MMA fighter could kill someone in the octagon.
“Coming into the cage with performance-enhancing drugs is the equivalent of walking in there with a weapon,” Rousey warned. “… [I]f you keep putting PEDs in people, it’s going to become less and less safe, and the day somebody dies in that Octagon, and the other person tests positive for steroids, you’re going to have your first murder case in MMA and that is going to be the kind of thing that destroys the sport.”
To prevent such a catastrophic scenario, Rousey promised to save the sport of women’s MMA from anabolic steroids by taking out Cyborg Justino.
“This sport deserves a champion that is way better than her. And if she tries to undo all the work I have done, then I’m going to try and kill her with my bare hands,” Rousey said. “And the only person that’s going to stop me is going to be the referee.
Most people could probably care less whether steroids are involved or not. And after years of taunting Justino, Rousey’s steroid rants are getting a little old. Women’s MMA fans just want to see the day when Rousey and Justino are face-to-face in a UFC title fight. It’s time to put the steroid hate aside.
Holland, J. (August 4, 2015). The attacks and accusations have been so bad that Justino has even threatened to sue Rousey for slander. Retrieved from http://www.mmamania.com/2015/8/4/9094269/cris-cyborg-threatens-slanderous-ronda-rousey-with-legal-action-lies-media-steroids-ufc