Behind The Scenes

#RondaDay’s 14-second challenges run gamut from mohawks to pickles

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.

I’ve shaved a back before – that’s when you can tell you’re really close to someone. But there was no blood, so things went really well.” – Ronda Rousey assessing the 14-second haircut she gave ESPN PA Andrew McGann

“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.”

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