On Wednesday afternoon, women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey arrived at the UFC Gym in Torrance, California for the traditional open workouts ahead of her Saturday main event clash against fellow undefeated fighter Cat Zingano. It was a typical light workout for the champ; she even broke a sweat, which the UFC immediately attempted to cover up with make-up before the post-workout media scrum.
It was an odd scene to witness, as few expected this sort of attention to detail at a workout session. However, once it was pointed out to Rousey, she explained that the UFC PR staff was trying a "Hollywood" approach to Saturday's PPV event.
"This is like the all-girls card," Rousey said. "They are pushing like a Hollywood thing for tomorrow. It used to be only guys, and Suzie, who usually does make up, now has too many people. She has all these chicks to deal with so they had to split it up."
The decision to glamourize the fight card was clearly taken once Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort were removed from the headlining slot. That made room for Rousey and Zingano to become the featured stars of the evening, followed up by another WMMA fight in the co-main event between former boxing star Holly Holm and Raquel Pennington.
Focused primarily on her upcoming title defence, Rousey did not question the decision.
"Do I look any different? No. But hey, I got my face sprayed today, so that's cool."