Watch UFC champion Ronda Rousey’s new ESPN ‘Nine for IX’ documentary


Ronda Rousey, left, takes down her opponent. (Stephen R. Sylvanie/USA Today Sports)

“Rowdy” Ronda Rousey, the first and only women’s UFC bantamweight champion probably deserves more than a 14-minute documentary. And said documentary, made for ESPN’s “Nine for IX” series to highlight female athletes, probably also deserves to be aired on the network’s flagship channel in prime time. After all, Rousey won “Best Female Athlete” at this year’s ESPY award, and was also nominated as the only female in the “Best Fighter” category. Not to mention, Rousey’s very existence in mixed martial arts has become a topic of controversy.

But alas, her truncated story, which was released today, is available online instead. If you’ve got under 15 minutes to spare, it’s worth the view.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.

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