When MMA fighter Ronda Rousey was in high school, she was just like you—only way more badass.
She hung out with her friends after school at the promenade, probably talking about math homework and drinking Starbucks. But instead of working a fast-food job or begging mom for Frappuccino money like you did, Ronda would bet random dudes money that she could beat them up. Unsurprisingly, she always won.
In a video interview with Sports Illustrated, Rousey described what she calls her “first professional fights.”
“I was around fourteen years old. And I thought I was hot shit, badass, right? And I felt like this secret, blonde, Beverly Hills Ninja. And I loved Frappuccinos. Me and my friend Jackie, after school, we would walk over to the Promenade, and Jackie was like my Paul Heyman. She would be like, ‘I bet my girl right here could beat you up for $10, or $5, or whatever.’ And then some guy would be like, ‘Ehh, whatever. I’ll take that bet.’ It would just start, and whatever the guy was, I would throw him to the ground, either give him a choke or an arm bar. We would get him to say he gave up, then take his money and go buy Frappuccinos. Those were my first pro fights. Will fight for Frappuccinos.”
We known men make some pretty bad decisions, but what kind of bro is betting $10 that they can beat up a random teenage girl on the street? You get what you ask for, though, and we’re pretty sure each and every one of those dudes still remembers getting beat up by a 14-year-old future champion on the Promenade.