WATCH: Ronda Rousey donates UFC belt to Brazilian judo school
MANILA, Philippines – Ronda Rousey has given away the UFC women’s bantamweight belt that she retained for her 34-second demolition of Bethe Correia over the weekend to a judo school and social project in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Rousey kept her promise to leave her gold-plated strap in a special place in Brazil as she donated her UFC title to Instituto Reacao, which is owned by Olympic bronze medalist Flavio Canto.
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Speaking with the media after UFC 190's open workouts, Rousey explained why she decided to leave her belt in the country.
"Bethe did have one thing right. She said that the Brazilian people deserve to have the belt left here. So I've decided that after I win it, I'm going to make sure that when I have the belt, I don't take it home with me. I'm going to give it and make sure that it stays some place in Brazil as my gift," the 28-year-old native of Santa Monica, California stated.
This is not the first gift that Rousey has given Instituto Reacao as she donated $30,000 in March after the gloves that she wore when she beat Cat Zingano in 14 seconds were sold in an auction for the same amount.
Rousey, who turned her attention to professional mixed martial arts in March 2011, also visited the same school in September 2014 to host a judo clinic.
At the age of 17, Rousey emerged as one of the top female judokas in the world, giving her the opportunity to qualify for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
Four years later, she captured the bronze medal at the Beijing Games, becoming the first American to win an Olympic medal in women's judo bracket since its inception as an Olympic sport in 1992. – Rappler.com