My ex-boyfriend tried to kidnap me: Ronda Rousey

Updated: 18 January, 2016 10:26 IST | A Correspondent |

UFC fighter Ronda Rousey justifies manhandling her former lover as mentioned in her autobiography after media calls it a case of domestic violence

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) star Ronda Rousey came under increased scrutiny from the Australian and American media recently in the run-up to her UFC fight against Holly Holm in Melbourne, Victoria on Sunday.

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Ronda Rousey
Ronda Rousey

Rousey went on to lose the fight, but in the pre-fight press conference she was quizzed about manhandling her ex-boyfriend, something she mentioned in her autobiography My Fight/Your Fight, which is a New York Times bestseller. The 28-year-old describes in detail how she beat her ex, referred to in the book as Snapper's McCreepy, who was blocking the exit of her home.

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'Boyfriend was creepy'
In her book, the women's bantamweight champion describes her altercation with McCreepy, who apparently got the name for his indecent behaviour as he attempted to shoot a picture of an undressed Rousey asleep on her bed.

"I punched him in the face with a straight right, then a left hook. He staggered back and fell against the door. I slapped him with my right hand. He still wouldn't move. Then I grabbed him by the neck of his hoodie, kneed him in the face and tossed him aside on the kitchen floor," Rousey writes.

Media allegation
The media claimed that Rousey's physical attack on her former partner constituted domestic violence. The leading lady of Mixed Martial Arts however defended herself outside the octagon just as staunchly as she does when she's in it. "Legally, if somebody blocks your exit, it's considered kidnapping," Rousey said in Melbourne ahead of her UFC 193 fight on Sunday at the Etihad Stadium.

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"I was in that situation before when I got in a fight at a movie theatre and my exit was blocked and people wouldn't let me out. Legally, you cannot do that. It's considered a self-defence scenario, so if someone is blocking you in an apartment and you can't leave, you can defend yourself and find a way out."

She further writes that 'McCreepy' got into her car and sat in the passenger seat after which she "walked around the car, pulled him by the neck, dragged him onto the sidewalk and left him writhing there as I sped away."

Trouble in car too
Rousey justified these actions too, saying: "If you're trying to get into your car and they're grabbing your steering wheel saying you can't leave, that's technically kidnapping and you can defend yourself in any way necessary."

First Published: 17 November, 2015 14:38 IST

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