According to a Feb. 24 report from MMA Mania, Ronda Rousey's breasts were nearly exposed to thousands of fans in attendance at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., during her UFC 157 fight against Liz Carmouche.
Rousey says she was more worried about revealing herself to the world than tapping out when Carmouche locked in a tight neck crank in the opening minutes of the first round.
"I was thinking about my bra, actually," Rousey said of her close call with a wardrobe malfunction. "I kept thinking, I didn't order this one myself, so they gave me my weigh in bra for the fight. If you look back, I was adjusting myself at one point while she was on my back. Multitasking [laughs]!"
If would be difficult for the MMA community to deal with if Rousey were to suffer a nip slip during a wardrobe malfunction at UFC 157, but the situation was narrowly avoided when the star judoka adjusted her sports bra to prevent her breasts from popping out.
"I was trying just to ignore everything until I was out there," Rousey said. "It was weird -- I was in there just yesterday so it felt like a familiar place. It didn't seem odd at all.... I think I was less nervous [for this fight]. I think I was most nervous for the Julia Budd fight, way back, I don't know why I was so nervous for that one. On the ground I feel so comfortable -- I don't ever feel like I'm in danger -- so I don't mind taking a lot of risks. I felt fine with her on my back, I was thinking more about keeping my sports bra up while she is trying to choke me. I felt very safe and in control even though it didn't look like that."
Rousey's opponent, Liz Carmouche, hasn't made any public comments about the star judoka's close call with a nip slip, but it's clear that it would have been extremely bad for women's MMA if Rousey had lost due to having her mind focused on a wardrobe malfunction.
Perhaps Rousey will wear a custom-made sports bra or double up on padding, for her next UFC appearance.