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Ronda Rousey leaves UFC belt at social project that teaches judo to underprivileged kids in Rio

Ronda Rousey and her UFC belt
Ronda Rousey and her UFC belt
summer promoUFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey really played all the right cards in Brazil.

After putting a great show at UFC 190, where she knocked-out Bethe Correia in 34s, she went to a soccer game at Maracanã stadium wearing a Flamengo jersey (Brazil’s most popular team).

This Tuesday, she kept her promise of leaving her belt in Brazil and paid a visit to Instituto Reação.

The social project led by Olympic bronze medalist Flavio Canto teaches judo to underprivileged people from the Rocinha community in Rio.

Ronda was very touched by what she saw at the institute when she visited it last March: “The way I was welcomed in Brazil has never happened in any other place I’ve been. I wanted to give back in some way to a country so special for me and for MMA. I get inspired by these kids when I see them training so I wanted to inspire you in some way also.”

In March, when she first visited Instituto Reação, Rousey made a donation of $30,000.

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