Suffice to say that if Strikeforce women’s champion Ronda Rousey could get five minutes alone with Michael Phelps in the cage, she just might jump at the opportunity.
Rousey won bronze in judo at the 2008 Beijing Olympics before becoming a star in mixed martial arts. And while in Beijing, let’s just say Phelps wasn’t exactly her favorite person.
In an interview posted on YouTube, Rousey talked about how much she enjoyed mingling with her Olympic teammates. Then she brought up a specific party exclusive to American Olympians that didn’t exactly paint Phelps in the best light.
“Michael Phelps needed his own private section of the club to be, like, private for him,” Rousey said. “These NBA players over here are a bigger deal than this guy, and they’re all hanging out with us. Hello, we’re your teammates. We’re not a bunch of groupies. Come hang out with us. Who the hell are you?”
Phelps apparently also acted like he was too cool for school before an appearance on the The Oprah Winfrey Show, which rubbed Rousey the wrong way. She recalled Phelps being held separately backstage “so he wouldn’t be harassed by the other Olympians.”
Yes. Michael Phelps is a jerk, and a prima donna. And he can’t seem to avoid legal trouble after the Olympics. But he’s also a sixteen-time Olympic medalist, fourteen of those gold, the only person to win eight golds in one Olympics, and he’s sure to add to his personal medal tally coming up in a few days. Three medals of any color makes Phelps the all time individual leader.
It goes with the territory. Remember Axioms #11 and #12. In a way, it applies to top-flight athletes.
Meanwhile, Ronda Rousey has one bronze medal.