Ronda Rousey's Great Grandfather Was Black

Ronda Rousey's Great Grandfather Was Black

Not only that, but Dr. Alfred E. Waddell was a pioneering physician and civil rights activist.

Published March 24th

Ronda Rousey recently shut down a TMZ reporter's request for an interview, saying she didn't want the day with her family to be interrupted.

Still, the celebrity site's cameraman persisted, asking the UFC star about the last movie that she saw.

That's when Rousey's mother, AnnMaria De Mars, stepped in and dropped some interesting news — that Ronda's great grandfather was Black.

De Mars said there movie was Before His Time and that it's about Alfred E. Waddell, Ronda's great grandpa.

"They show it during Black History Month every year in Canada because he was one of the first Black physicians in North America," Rousey's mom said about the film.

According to the Daily Mail, Dr. Waddell set out for New York back in 1923, dreaming to be a doctor, as the film shows how he treated people without medical care, delivered medicine to Black communities needing it most and voiced his displeasure with social injustice as a civil rights pioneer. Intriguing stuff to say the least.

While the news of Rousey's great grandfather being Black might shock some people, Cedric the Entertainer isn't one of them.

The comedian, also speaking with TMZ, joked about that being the reason she was so comfortable beefing with Floyd Mayweather Jr., adding that if she ever gets tired of fighting in the UFC, that she could do it on VH1's Love & Hip Hop. That being said, Ced wasn't ready to give Ronda rights to use "the word." 

Take a look.

Interesting find. How's that for family ties?

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Written by Mark Lelinwalla

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