Ronda Rousey wanted to jump-start 2015 with a title fight vs. Cat Zingano.
Instead, she’ll settle for fulfilling a dream when she meets Zingano for her UFC female bantamweight title at UFC 184 on February 28 from Los Angeles.
“It has always been a dream of mine to fight at Staples Center, and so that is the silver lining,” said Rousey, during a recent appearance on The MMA Hour. “I always want to do the Staples Center. I remember the days when I was cocktail waitressing and I was watching the Lakers play on TV and being like, man, I wonder if things would be different if, like, Luke Walton walked in her and asked me out and I would never have to cocktail waitress again.
“I was sitting there on a shady bar on Crenshaw thinking like, if the third-string player on the Lakers asked me (out), my life would be different. Now, I’m going to be one of the headliners at the Staples Center; it’s pretty ridiculous. It feels special.”
Assuming all things remain on schedule and as planned, Rousey will be sharing the night with UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman. Previously, the two have fought on the same card twice, with both winning each of their fights.
Weidman will be fighting Vitor Belfort in the main event.
“We have great luck together,” Rousey said. “Whenever we fight on the card, we kill it. I’m happy to be on the card with Chris.”
Rousey has scored two wins this year, defeating Sara McMann and Alexis Davis via first round finishes. She has also defended her UFC title vs. Liz Carmouche and Miesha Tate, while Zingano is coming off a victory over Amanda Nunes in her return from a year-plus layoff.