By Megan McCluskey
October 9, 2015

When Ronda Rousey issues a public threat, you probably want to take note of what she’s saying.

In a recent interview with the New York Times, the Ultimate Fighting Champion stated, “if anyone calls me fat one more time in my life, I’m going to kill them.”

Rousey spoke about how a comment on her weight at a fitting for a television commercial affected her. She recalled that while she had originally planned to drop a few pounds before filming, the “rude” remark inspired her to show up to the shoot weighing more than she had.

“The campaign ended up being amazing, even though I was heavier just to make a point,” Rousey told the Times.

She also discussed her issues with body image growing up: weight limits for judo tournaments and female representation in the media contributed to low self-esteem for the mixed martial arts fighter. However, Rousey explained she has come to embrace her athletic figure.

“If I can represent that body type of women that isn’t represented so much in media, then I’d be happy to do that,” she said.

 

Write to Megan McCluskey at megan.mccluskey@time.com.

SPONSORED FINANCIAL CONTENT

Read More From TIME

EDIT POST