Following her embarrassing loss to Amanda Nunes, Ronda Rousey is back in the spotlight again and this time she’s dipping her toes in politics.
Yesterday photos surfaced of the former women’s bantamweight champion visiting the Standing Rock protester camp, where the Sioux tribe and ‘Water Protectors’ are protesting to stop the Dakota Access pipeline from crossing the Missouri River and potentially contaminating their drinking water.
Thanks to TMZ, we now have more details of what Ronda was doing and it seems like she’s all-in on the protest.
When you’re in camp, it’s very hard to access fresh food, like fresh vegetables,” protester Linda Black Elk (featured center in the above photo) told TMZ Sports in a video interview. “Especially when you’re on the frozen prairies of the Northern Great Plains. It’s incredibly cold and we’re very far. It’s very difficult to access us and she brought a ton of fresh fruits and vegetables, cheese, tents, wood stoves, she did a huge firewood order for us and had it delivered right to camp.”
“Just absolutely amazing, she’s an incredible person and just so humble. She wasn’t asking for any publicity. And when I talked to her about that, she basically said that she felt like a disappointment, just that everyone was really upset with her, and I couldn’t believe I was doing it, but it was very important for me to tell her how important she is to the Native community in particular. She told me that she would come back and stand right on the front lines and get pepper sprayed alongside everyone else!”
Ronda isn’t currently at Standing Rock but she might be needed now that President Trump signed an executive order to continue the planned building of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline.
H/T Uproxx Sports