10 Foods UFC Star Ronda Rousey Eats Before A Fight

07/11/2015 3:02 PM AEDT | Updated 15/07/2016 12:51 PM AEST
FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2014, file photo, Ronda Rousey looks around after defeating Sara McMann in a UFC 170 mixed martial arts women's bantamweight title bout in Las Vegas. Gina Carano was scheduled to meet with UFC President Dana White on Wednesday April 9, to discuss a return to mixed martial arts for a potential bout with bantamweight champion Rousey. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, File)

If you've ever wondered about the diet required to perform -- and look -- like UFC megastar Ronda Rousey, your prayers have been answered.

Only days before the undefeated Rousey touches down in Australia for her UFC 193 fight against Holly Holm at Melbourne's Etihad Stadium, details of the bantamweight world No.1's pre-bout diet have been revealed.

Australian sports website Sportal spoke to Rousey's dietitian, Mike Dolce, who said Rousey was No.1 for a reason -- a strict nutrition regime full of quinoa, beetroot and every other superfood you can imagine.

And it's hard to argue with a woman who is undefeated in 12 fights and will be looking to extend that to 13 in Melbourne on November 15.

"In the three years I have been with her it has never been an issue or a question. She has never complained one single time ever. She has never asked for any more. She has never asked for a cheat day,” Dolce told Sportal.

“She does exactly what she needs to do to be the best in the world.

“Honestly, Ronda has no weakness at all. She approaches nutrition like she approaches every other aspect of her preparation.”

The diet:

1. Chia seeds:

Maximum nutrition, minimal calories, chia seeds are all the rage. High levels of protein facilitate muscle growth and recovery, while antioxidants naturally cleanse the body.

2. Hemp seeds:

The word hemp immediately conjures thoughts of marijuana -- because it is used in the growing of marijuana or the production of certain clothing, but the Californian actually consumes them because they are rich in healthy omega-3 fat, helping to reduce unhealthy cholesterol and protect against heart disease. Ironically, Rousey will struggle to get her gloves on them Down Under because hemp is officially banned for use as a food in Australia.

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3. Coconut oil:

Coconut oil is believed to reduce sugar cravings and abdominal obesity, making it easier to control your weight. Super handy for someone who makes a career out of staying within certain weight categories.

4. Free-range chicken:

Rousey finds it easy to monitor calorie levels with free-range chicken.

5. Spinach:

Spinach is a super food loaded with tons of nutrients in a low calorie package. Dark leafy greens like spinach are important for skin and hair, bone health, and provide protein, iron, vitamins and minerals.

6. Black coffee:

Rousey loves the caffeine hit, but not the dairy that comes with your regular cappuccino or latte.

7. Blueberries:

Breakfast time means Greek yoghurt and blueberries for Rousey.


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8. Beetroot:

Recent studies have found beetroot can lower blood pressure and improve muscle oxygenation during exercise, and Rousey is cashing in on the latest food to be promoted to 'superfood' status.

9. Quinoa:

High in fibre and essential amino acids, Rousey's metabolism is helped by regular consumption of quinoa.

10. Water:

According to Dolce, Rousey drinks eight litres of water a day -- perhaps just to replace the amount of water she sweats out in the gym.

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