Original Source: Neil Davidson, Canadian Press
When it comes to the UFC and being a role model, it is not only young fans and MMA enthusiasts that are inspired by Ronda Rousey. The 2 time Canadian Olympic bobsled gold medalist Kaillie Humphries was recently quoted as saying Ronda Rousey & Rampage Jackson were some of her favorite fighters.
“At the end of the day, women are inspirational in completely different ways than men. And to know there are women out there that are as rough and as tough, and can dedicate their lives and work just as hard, it [the UFC] allows us to show that off to the rest of the world.
I’m super-proud of all the women that do sports across the board, especially at such a high and extreme level. It’s an inspiration for me and I know many young girls out there.”
Coach Firas Zahabi gave Humphries an introduction to mixed martial arts along side UFC Welterweight Rory (Ares) MacDonald and middleweight Francois Carmont before a small crowd at a Quebec City mall.
Wednesday’s UFC TUF NATIONS FINALE in Quebec City will mark the first live UFC show Humphries has attended.
With the UFC currently showcasing a Bantamweight Division and the recent addition of the Strawweight Division there isn’t exactly a calling for Humphries, But then again it was just over a year ago when women were not fighting in the UFC, so anything can happen.
“I’m far away from that. As of right now I would definitely be one of the heavyweights, for sure.
I usually compete at around 170, I’m about 165 right about now. So I’m a long way off from a 115 or a 135. But at the same time, our training and the way we train with our sport, we need to be at that weight so I do what I can to maintain my weight up there.”