McMann does not understand the hate surrounding her opponent. |
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Ultimate Fighting Championship
women’s bantamweight titleholder
has not won over many fans since she coached opposite
on “The Ultimate Fighter 18” and then refused to shake the
hand of her defeated archrival at UFC 168.
McMann, Rousey’s challenger in the UFC
170 main event on Saturday in Las Vegas, has been taken aback
by some of the champion’s critics.
“I think people are getting way, way, way too worked up about her
personality,” she told Sherdog.com. “Some people are treating it
like they hate her. I’m like, ‘Really? There are people in this
world who you should hate and there are pedophiles or people who
beat up old people and take their money. There are some rotten,
despicable people who are orchestrating genocides in other
countries, and yes, if you’re going to hate anyone, then by all
means, hate them; but really to hate a girl just because what she
says aggravates you?’ I just don’t think it’s worthy of hate. It’s
someone that you wouldn’t invite to your Christmas party, but
worthy of hate? I don’t see it. I mean, I just think that it’s so
blown out of proportion.”
McMann, who will enter the Octagon as a heavy underdog despite a
perfect 7-0 professional record, does not feel any additional
pressure to defeat Rousey because of those who dislike her.
“Truthfully, I wouldn’t count those people on my side as much as I
would count them against Ronda,” she said. “If you’re a fan of me,
it’s because you have seen my fights and you like the way that I
fight. If you just want her to get beat, I don’t feel like you’re a
fan of mine. I feel like you’re someone who has a preference that
Although media attention swirls around Rousey, McMann wants to
maintain focus on herself.
“I’m very much a worry-about-yourself kind of girl,” she said.
“That also comes from my wrestling background. You can’t control
anyone else’s conditioning, their strength, their speed or
whatever. You’re wasting your time sitting around thinking about
all these things that they’re doing or not doing, even the things
they’re doing to their detriment.
“In wrestling, we’d say, ‘Oh, this girl goes out and parties, and
this girl’s not doing this right, she’s not eating right,’ but then
that girl would beat you, so really those things that you’re
thinking about didn’t even matter,” McMann added. “Focus on what
you can control, which is yourself and your own growth and how you
compete. That’s all you can control.”
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