Ronda's mom worried about her choice of friends, Browne cleared of domestic violence charges
- UFC Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey’s mother, Ann Maria DeMars, is just as outspoken as ‘Rowdy’ when it comes to the decisions the champion makes in her life and like any mother looks out for her daughter who is in constant spotlight.
In her blog, Ann, who is a former World Judo champion, said that she is concerned about the friends that Ronda has made recently and thinks she is surrounded by people who are douche bags. "I'm her mom so of course I think Ronda Jean is a whole cupcake of amazing, frosted with awesome sauce and sprinkles of sweetness on top. However, I think some of the people she hangs out with are douche bags," says Maria.
She was of the opinion, that her fame has created a bubble around her with people who are ‘ yes men’ and are not honest to her when they have to be. She said the famous you get, people get even more afraid of you and some are just associated by being with you.
“No matter how wonderful anyone is, they will do stupid sh** from time to time. The difference if you are rich and famous is that people don't call you on your sh**," she says. Although Maria says Ronda tells her not to worry, there are people around her that privately disagree to her decisions, but when Rousey confronts them, they back off with the fear of not being able to hang with the champ anymore.
By saying that the bubble might burst anytime with a reference to Mike Tyson she said, “That bubble of what you see as acceptable - because everyone around you accepts it - just gets bigger and bigger until one day it pops when you rape someone in a hotel room or shoot someone because they annoyed you or overdose on drugs."
- The UFC announced that the domestic violence allegations that were levelled against heavyweight Travis Browne lacks evidence and the charges have been dropped.
The UFC had taken the allegations very seriously after photos emerged on social media on July 7, 2015, showing bruises on the arms of Jenna Renee Webb, Browne’s estranged wife. The UFC took it seriously and through the Las Vegas-based law firm Campbell & Williams appointed an investigator with 25 years of experience from the FBI. After two months of investigation and countless interviews and electronic data this statement was released:
‘Based on the abundant evidence gathered to date, the results of the investigation are inconclusive to support the claims of alleged domestic violence involving Browne. Similarly, the evidence was inconclusive to support a finding that Browne had violated the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy. The evidence gathered in the investigation has also been reviewed by Donald J. Campbell, Esq. of Campbell & Williams, a former state and federal prosecutor with extensive experience overseeing criminal investigations, who likewise concurs that the results of the investigation are inconclusive.’
Browne’s temporary suspension has been lifted and he would be expected to come back to the octagon soon. His wife says she is baffled by the results and still stands by her original claims. She would press charges and says, "let the state of California decide whether I suffered from domestic violence."
Browne who maintained his innocence since day one and says it was tough to stay quiet for two months and that he put his faith in the organization that has provided an amazing life for him and his family.