UFC champion, Olympic bronze medalist and continued badass Ronda Rousey has donated her UFC championship belt to Instituto Reação, a judo training center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Rousey defeated Brazilian fighter Bethe Correia with an astounding 34-second KO last week, but she also delivered on a promise: to make Brazil the belt’s permanent home.
“Bethe did have one thing right,” Rousey told reporters before the Correia fight. “She said the Brazilian people deserve to have the belt here. So… I’m going to make sure that when I have the belt, I don’t take it home with me. I’m going to give it and make sure that it stays someplace in Brazil as my gift.”
Rousey is no stranger to Instituto Reação, which is owned by fellow Olympian Flavio Canto. Last September, she led a training session at the school for aspiring young fighters — for many of whom she is a hero. She also donated $30,000 to the facility after her 14-second defeat of Cat Zingano in February.
“These kids are so inspiring, the facility is amazing,” she wrote on Instagram. “Couldn’t think of a better place for it.”