Current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) strawweight contender Paige VanZant, who is currently tearing up the dance floor on “Dancing with the Stars” (watch it),was recently lambasted by former women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.
Her egregious sin?
It seems “12 Gauge” crossed the line by congratulating Holly Holm on her knockout victory at UFC 193, which not only toppled the “Rowdy” Olympian, but also (temporarily) crowned “Preacher’s Daughter” the new queen of the 135-pound division.
“It appears that I offended Ronda by congratulating Holly after her victory,” VanZant told TMZ. “The incident was very shocking and totally unnecessary.”
So I guess Rousey should blast herself, as well, since she also congratulated Holm on national television — two months after the fact.
Longtime rival Miesha Tate details the incident to Joe Rogan (via MMA Fighting):
Tate: “[Paige] came up to me like, ‘Miesha, I have to tell you this experience I had with Ronda.’ I’m like, oh, what? She was like, ‘well, we were at Reebok deal recently, we were at a shoot and I was trying to find her so we could get a picture. And the Reebok people were like, ‘don’t ask Ronda for a picture.’ She was like, why? They’re like, ‘just don’t. Just stay away from Ronda. Don’t ask her for a picture.’
“I guess Ronda came later that day and sought her out and just cussed her out. Like, they had never really had a conversation either. [Paige] was like, ‘I don’t know Ronda other than hi/bye. That’s it.’ I guess Ronda came up and was like, ‘fuck you, you fair-weather bitch! How dare you cross me? Blah, blah, blah.’ She was like, ‘cross you? What are you talking about?’ And [Ronda] was like, ‘you congratulated Holly Holm for beating me, so fuck you, you fucking fair-weather 115-pound…’ Just went off on Paige. Paige came and told me and I was like, honey, welcome to my world.
“She was like, ‘oh my gosh, I’m glad that I saw this side of her so I know, because I didn’t understand. I told Ronda, I’m sorry if that offended you, but I’m allowed to congratulate whoever I want. I congratulated Rose Namajunas when she beat me. I was like, you know, you whooped my ass. That was a badass performance. I just simply told Holly congratulations once. It wasn’t anything anti-Ronda.’ But Ronda, I guess, just ripped her a new one.”
With friends like these…