UFC fighter Ronda Rousey has attended the Marine Corps Ball in South Carolina, honouring a promise she produced to a bold young US Marine who asked her to attend the occasion with him.
It was Rousey’s initial public appearance since her defeat at the hands of Holly Holm in the UFC women’s bantamweight title fight in Melbourne last month.
In August, Lance Corporal Jarrod Haschert posted a video online asking his “celebrity crush” if she would be his date for the ball.
“I love everything you do and I believe that you are a phenomenal individual, which is why it would be my honour to take you to the Marine Corps Ball,” he mentioned.
“I really hope this does not get in the way of your education … but I hope you will take this into consideration since if you do, you will genuinely be creating my dream come correct.”
The video soon went viral, and in September, Rousey said she would “gladly accept” the invitation.
Rousey has kept a low profile because she was beaten in November — her 1st defeat — but she honoured her guarantee and attended the ball.
Rousey told TMZ, who spotted her en route to the ball, that she had promised she would go.
“I promised I’d go. It really is an honour to be asked,” she mentioned.
“Honestly, I’d probably stay on my couch, crying and consuming ice cream if he hadn’t asked me. So it’s probably a great issue.”
In an Instagram post following the occasion, Rousey thanked Lance Corporal Haschert for “becoming such a gentleman”.
“Thank you Lance Corporal Jarrod Haschert for taking me to the Marine Corps Ball, being such a gentleman, and placing a smile on my face once more,” she wrote.
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