We don’t know what would have happened if Ronda Rousey needed more than 14 seconds to defend her UFC bantamweight title against Cat Zingano last month. But, today, SportsCenter arranged a series of 14-second challenges for her during a Car Wash on ESPN’s Bristol, Conn. campus. Her exploits will be featured today on the 6 p.m. ET SportsCenter.
“It was a fun way to start the day,” Rousey said of the morning marshmallow-eating stunt with ESPN Radio’s Mike Golic. “But it’s hard to follow up marshmallows with pickles,” she added, referring to the ensuing jar-opening competition with NFL analyst Antonio Pierce.
The champ and Golic had to stuff marshmallows into their mouths for 14 seconds, then try to say: “Ronda Rousey is the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.”
When ESPN’s Social Media Correspondent Sarina Morales next found Rousey, the fighter was sitting alongside Pierce at a table of pickle jars.
Rousey and Pierce were tasked to open as many as possible in 14 seconds.
“I didn’t know what to expect, but I figured if they reached 14 [jars opened], we’d have to call in someone from the book of world records,” said Morales.
Pierce and Rousey each opened nine jars.
After facing off with a pair of former NFLers, Rousey was paired with an unheralded, curly, red-headed production assistant from Randolph, N.J. The challenge? Give Andrew McGann a Mohawk haircut – in 14 seconds, of course.
“I saw the email asking for someone who’d be willing to have their head shaved by Ronda Rousey, and who wouldn’t want that?” McGann said of volunteering – and also getting an hour off from his 9 a.m. ET SportsCenter responsibilities.
After checking out Rousey’s 14-second effort – she could have used considerably more time – McGann said, “I also work on ‘Not Top 10 Plays’ and maybe this [haircut] will make them.”
“I’ve shaved a back before – that’s when you can tell you’re really close to someone,” Rousey said of her lack of stylist experience. “But there was no blood, so things went really well.”