Thirty people paid at least $200 to train with Rousey at her home base in Los Angeles at the Glendale Fighting Club. The goal was to raise money to support mental health associated with eating disorders, which Rousey struggled with early in her life.
The “Don’t Throw Up, Throw Down” event raised $11,800 for Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, a Southern California-based organization that provides counseling and substance abuse services for people who can’t afford another option. Rousey personally chipped in $5,000 to the tally.
“I didn't think there was actually anything wrong and I didn't reach out to anybody about it,” Rousey said of her struggles with maintaining weight. “It was kind of my private personal battle that I was forced to work out on my own, and people shouldn't. Did you ever see the commercial with the chick chained to a scale dragging it along? It was very much like that.
"No more bingeing or purging,” Rousey promised herself. “None of that anymore. I was going to do it the right way. I grew 4 inches since I started and couldn't make the weight anymore.”
Rousey, who is coming off a victory over Liz Carmouche at UFC 157, doesn't have her next opponent lined up yet, but it's nice to see her staying active by lending a helping hand to those in need.
"It's just a question of energy," Rousey said. "Every person you talk to pulls a little energy out of you. Every single interview you do pulls a little energy. Every workout. Anything. It just pulls energy out. So as long as I can maintain energy, I can do everything."