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After becoming the first American woman to medal in judo, at the 2008 Olympics, Rousey won the first UFC women's fight, over Liz Carmouche on Feb. 23. Despite the rumors, her next breakthrough won't be in the movies.
DAN PATRICK: Are MMA fans surprised by your personality when they meet you outside the ring?
RONDA ROUSEY: A lot of people have preconceived notions about me. A lot of people are like, Wow, you're not a jerk.
DP: How do guys feel about what you do?
RR: They're cool about it. But the dating part has been a little difficult because I'm an extremely difficult person to be with. I travel all the time, and I train with a bunch of guys. I require a lot of effort, and I guess no one I like has thought that I'm worth the effort so far. But whatever, I'm busy with my career right now.
DP: How much pressure are you under?
RR: How do you gauge that? I'm at a pressure level of 12 [laughs]. I put a lot of pressure on myself. I want to succeed so much, outside pressure can't compare to inside pressure.
DP: Do you fight angry?