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Excerpts from the Ronda Rousey 'Real Sports' segment
Here you go, folks. Fresh from the HBO Sports press release about Tuesday's premiere of the newest episode of "Real Sports," featuring Ronda Rousey.
This is just part of the segment you can watch, starting at 10 p.m. ET.
Ronda Rousey: “You could give up if you want.”
HBO’s Jon Frankel: “You can tap out.”
Ronda Rousey: “You totally can, anytime.”
Jon Frankel: “But you'd be calling me a wuss.”
Ronda Rousey: “No, I'd be calling you smart. Because it's going down, regardless.”
Jon Frankel: “Do you like hurting the person?”
Ronda Rousey: "No, but it's a fight. We're not baking cakes for each other. You know, I didn't go in there to make a pie.”
About being the main event, with fellas on the co-main event:
Jon Frankel: “There are people who have said that they're upset that you're getting top billing on this fight.”
Ronda Rousey: “It's true but I think it was Eleanor Roosevelt that said, ‘To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.’ "
At training camp with Frankel:
Ronda Rousey: “And this doesn't take any muscle. I can just hang out here all day. Tuck your chin in when you fall, okay?”
Jon Frankel: “Okay.”
(RR flips Jon Frankel to the mat)
Ronda Rousey: “So I'm just going to turn. And now I would fall on top. And now I’m in side control, I can do an arm bar from here.”
(RR puts Frankel in arm bar)
Ronda Rousey: “This is the point where usually people would want to give up.”
Jon Frankel: “This is where I go, I tap out?”
Ronda Rousey: “Exactly.”
Jon Frankel: “And to what point can you tell when it has gotten to the point where that person is in extreme pain? I know you're not trying to necessarily damage them, you're trying to neutralize and win. Can you tell where it's, ‘Okay, now it's uncomfortable?’”
Ronda Rousey: Yeah, I, I know when the joint's reached its limit because you feel it. You feel it pop. And this is a very sensitive area that I'm putting strain on so I could feel things pretty well.”
On media exposure:
Jon Frankel: “It's not just about how good a fighter you are, is it?”
Ronda Rousey: “Well, if you want exposure, you have to expose yourself, to some extent.”
Jon Frankel: “To the extent of ESPN Body?”
Ronda Rousey: “Yeah, I felt like it was a good way to promote myself and Women's MMA. It wasn't like it was Playboy.”
Jon Frankel: “What if Playboy did call?”
Ronda Rousey: “Then I'd say, ‘No.’ "
Jon Frankel: “Really?”
Ronda Rousey: “Yeah, no one should be able to see my cash and prizes for $5, okay? I don't care how much money they gave me.”
Jon Frankel: “Does it bother you that you might be a sex symbol to people? Do you see yourself as a sex symbol?”
Ronda Rousey: “I don't really see myself as a sex symbol because ever since people have started calling me a sex symbol, I haven't had a lot of sex in my life. Like, it's just, it's not really working out great for me. But, yeah, people bring that up all the time. I'm like, ‘Look, you're right. I probably get more attention fighting because of how I look. But if I didn't know how to fight and I just looked the way I did, no one would know who I am.’ "