Ronda Rousey’s former manager is piling on a bit in the wake of her loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193.
Darin Harvey, who represented Rousey throughout the early portion of her MMA career, is currently in the midst of a lawsuit with Rousey, seeking his stake in Rousey’s earnings after she unceremoniously fired him in 2013. After she was knocked out by Holm, he posted a photo of a statement to Instagram reveling in what he felt was a karmic moment.
“KARMA,” it read. “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 added to those comments in an interview with USA Today, saying he believed his initial efforts to push her into the public at large wound up creating someone he no longer sees as a good person, and he feels Saturday’s fight result was a just comeuppance.
“I created a monster,” Harvey said. “She believed she was as special as the press made her out to be. 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.
“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. To not be part of something I was instrumental in creating, has been very difficult.”
Penick’s Analysis: Harsh. Hard to say if it’s warranted or the soured feelings of someone with whom she felt she’d rightfully split with. Having not been there for the particulars of their split, it’s a matter of which side you believe. It certainly doesn’t look right for Rousey’s side that she cut Harvey off just as she started to explode, keeping him out of the return on the investment he made in her. That said, if she had valid reasons in her mind for parting ways with him, she made a move for herself. Again, it seems he’s got valid reasons for the way he feels, and it very well may be that he got screwed over by her. Not knowing enough about exactly what happened and why, it’s hard to take a side. Regardless, it’s clear how he feels, and he doesn’t seem to be the only one.
[Photo (c) Jason da Silva via USA Today Sports]