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

She’s not Rowdy all the time.

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

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