Ronda Rousey. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
By Simon Samano, USA TODAY
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."
"I don't like being somebody's teammate and being treated like I'm their groupie," Rousey said. "I didn't even want to go out of my way to go say hi to that guy. Get over yourself. All you do is swim. If someone slapped you every single time you jumped in the pool, then I'd have a little more respect, but I was a swimmer before I did this (expletive), so you can't tell me that swimming is 'OH MY GOD', because it's not."
And in other Ronda Rousey-related news, she shared this little piece of advice on the dos and dons of the Olympics experience:
"There's a lot of beautiful people from other countries in the best shape of their life, in the entire world, all coming together in one village. My only advice ... is condoms. Please. Because all these people, all gorgeous, from all over the world ... I'm just saying: Be safe, people."
Sound advice to all, Olympians or otherwise.