Before Ronda Rousey became the UFC Champion, Darin Harvey used to represent her and probably quite responsible on why we have the Rousey phenomena in this era. It was a contract dispute which made Harvey and Rousey part ways which even led to a legal battle.
When the world witnessed Holly Holm demolishing Ronda Rousey’s undefeated record at UFC 193, Harvey immediately posted this message on Instagram.
“KARMA. No need for revenge. Just sit back & wait. Those who hurt you will eventually screw up themselves & if you’re lucky, GOD will let you watch.”
Harvey then talked to USA TODAY Sports about his reactions on Rousey’s defeat.
“It was kind of bittersweet,” he said. “Part of me was elated and part of me was saddened. The part of me that was saddened was that once I was identified with representing the top female fighter in the world. No longer do I have that title.’
Harvey, who was partly responsible in bringing her to the biggest stage in mixed martial arts recall their forgotten relationship.
“And she thought it would be OK that she didn’t owe me a dime,’’ Harvey said, adding that he did not sleep after Rousey’s defeat, the first of her UFC career. “Just so much emotion. She was like a daughter to me at the beginning. She would spend the night at my house before all of her fights.’’
He then narrated that Rousey had grown an ego afterwards and started to change for the worse.
“I created a monster,’’ Harvey said. “She believed she was as special as the press made her out to be.
Harvey also stated that he was discredited to anything that he did for Ronda’s career.
“They give me absolutely no credit for the success of her career. She’s not a good person. You don’t forget where you came from.’’
Even after the professional relationship with Harvey, Rousey continued to burn ties as her popularity rises.
“In a sense it was poetic justice because she’s wronged so many people that were there for her at the beginning of her career,’’ he said. “To not be part of something I was instrumental in creating, has been very difficult.”