Ronda Rousey Shows Her Soft Side to a Paralyzed Amateur MMA Fighter

She's not Rowdy all the time.
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She's not Rowdy all the time.
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Fight fans are always celebrating huge knock outs and brutal blows. Hell, we’ve already done it once today. It’s easy to forget that these 30 second YouTube clips are a part of someone’s life, and they can often have devastating outcomes. Consider Steve Watts, an amateur MMA fighter who broke his neck during a botched body slam last year. He's now paralyzed.

If there’s a silver lining here, it’s that Watts has the world’s baddest woman on his side. Ronda Rousey recently reached out to Watts with a heartfelt video message. She encouraged him to fight through his recovery and reassured him that this horrific injury happened for a reason. We don’t know about that, but Rousey gets credit for going out of her way to show some empathy here.



Despite her meteoric rise to stardom, Rousey maintains a personable touch that is pretty rare in celebrity athletes today. It's just another reason to love her as much as we do

Photos by Mike Stobe / Zuffa LLC