Ronda Rousey Teams Up with Taichi Panda
If for some reason you have been ignoring the news for the past year and have not heard of UFC fighter Ronda Rousey, she’s about to invade the gaming world as quickly as she’s made national headlines for her skill in the ring and her statements on the red carpet. Taichi Panda is no tabletop arcade game, but its recent success has shown mobile gamers love the “hack ‘n slash dungeon crawler” game and Rousey loves it due to its connection to martial arts, which is why she’s been chosen as the mobile gaming hit’s spokesperson.
“In Taichi Panda, you have to beat down opponents using kung fu and magic. The game is about building up your warrior, taking on other players in matches, learning their weaknesses and playing up your strengths to win. In a lot of ways it’s similar to my own experience with MMA. You’ve got to strive to be the best, work hard to find that inner fighter and let it loose,” Rousey said, speaking about the excitement she has to be partnering with Snail Games.
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The 28-year-old bantamweight champion made headlines on February 28, 2015 when she won a match against Cat Zingano in just 14 seconds through an armbar-induced submission. Last July, she also won a match against Alexis Davis in only 16 seconds through KO. In total, Rousey has won all 11 of the fights she has entered.
Deservingly, Rousey brought home the “Best Fighter” title at the 2015 ESPY awards, beating out the likes of Floyd Mayweather, all she had to say was, “I wonder how Floyd feels being beat by a woman for once.”
Rousey and Mayweather have a long history of media comments towards each other. When asked by Access Hollywood if she would take on Mayweather in the ring, Rousey stated the only way she and Mayweather would fight is if “we ended up dating,” referencing Mayweather’s history of domestic violence.
Mayweather, in an interview with BoxingScene.com last year, was asked what he thought of Ronda Rousey. He responded, “I don’t know who he is.” Between his snub of the famed female fighter and Rousey’s displeasure with Mayweather’s past treatment of his female partners, this battle of words is most likely far from over.
Watch Rousey in her upcoming fight on August 1 versus undefeated Bethe Correia in Rio de Janeiro. You can also expect to see her in upcoming television advertisements for Taichi Panda later this year.