Ronda Rousey endorses Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders

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Earlier this summer, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said that UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey would be in his corner when the 2016 elections finally rolled around.

Unfortunately for The Donald, that was news to Rousey.

"I mean, I wouldn't vote for him," Rousey said. "I just really wouldn't trust the guy with running my country, that's all. ... I'm not really going to get into specifics of it, but, I mean, I don't want a reality TV star to be running my country."

But just because Rousey isn’t interested in seeing a reality TV star run her country, that doesn’t mean she won’t be voting next November.

In fact, like many of Rousey’s unfortunate opponents, Rousey is feeling the burn….

Excuse us, feeling the “Bern.”

“I’m voting for [Democratic presidential candidate] Bernie Sanders, because he doesn’t take any corporate money,” Rousey said in a recent interview with Maxim. “I don’t think politicians should be allowed to take money for their campaigns from outside interests.”

Bernie Sanders (Getty)
Bernie Sanders (Getty)

In the 2012 election, Rousey went against the grain and voted for a third party. And if for some reason, Sanders isn't the Democratic party's presidential nominee, she intends to do the same in ’16: “I just picked any third party because I thought if more people voted for third parties, then they’d have to take third parties seriously.”

On Saturday, Rousey meets challenger Holly Holm at UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia. “Rowdy” will look to stay undefeated and add another notch to her championship belt, and in the process, perhaps drum up support for her favorite, 70-something Senator from Vermont.

And ask any one of her victims: Ronda Rousey is the type of athlete you’d much rather have standing in your corner than across from you.

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