[qa question=”With regards to the TUF house, you were quoted as saying, ‘If a waterfall in the swimming pool isn’t opulence, I don’t know what is.’ It is clear that your literature studies at the University of New Hampshire were a success… what was your main reason for pursuing a career in MMA?”] I never really intended to pursue a career in MMA. I’d boxed as an amateur throughout college and graduate school, but I stopped in 2008 and then had my son, Oliver in 2009. I started learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in early 2011. The guys I trained with figured out I knew how to strike and convinced me to take an amateur MMA fight. My first fight was in January 2012, and I haven’t looked back since. From the beginning, my intention has just been to have fun with it and take it as far as I can.[/qa]
[qa question=”With the cameras on you at all times and emotions running high, what advice would you give to future contestants competing on The Ultimate Fighter?”] I’d tell future contestants of The Ultimate Fighter to be themselves. Being fake or playing to the cameras just makes you look like a phony or an attention whore. Don’t try to start drama just to get attention because you aren’t going to like the attention you get. Also, remember to brush your hair. I didn’t brush my hair once the entire season, and I look like a grubby tomboy. [/qa]
[qa question=”For a while now we have heard that everyone who was on the show secretly wanted to be on Team Rousey. Care to weigh in on this?”] I definitely had the sense that almost everyone in the house secretly (or not so secretly) wanted to be on our team. I think this was partly because our team was very cohesive. We genuinely liked one another and worked well together. There was a lot of contention and drama among the members of Team Tate. I also think the general impression was that our coaching staff was more organized than Team Tate’s. Team Tate had great coaches, but from what I heard, it sounds like they didn’t always have a lot of direction. I really felt like Ronda and the other coaches were there to help us, and they made the experience much easier than it would have been without them.[/qa]
[qa question=”You summarized the TUF18 experience as ‘college meets The Hunger Games’… if you were in The Hunger Games what would your strategy be?”] Obviously if I were in The Hunger Games I’d hide in a tree until everyone else had killed each other. Duhhhh.[/qa]
[qa question=”UFC 165 is in Toronto, Canada this weekend. Who are you picking, Jones or Gustafsson? (What round, and how?)”] I don’t know who’s going to win the Jones/Gustafsson fight. To be honest, I don’t watch a lot of MMA and I’m really not qualified to weigh in on that one. If I have to choose, I’m going to choose Gustafsson by decision, just because I like to root for the underdog. [/qa]
You can catch Peggy Morgan and the rest of Team Rousey during The Ultimate Fighter 18 airing every Wednesday at 10pm EST on Fox Sports 1.