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Ronda Rousey's Pre-Fight Ritual? Tons of Sex.

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Ronda Rousey is killing it right now — literally. Well, not literally; no one's died yet, but she's still doing really well.

Recently, the MMA fighter revealed during "Jim Rome on Showtime" that her key to success leading up to a fight is sex. Lots of sex. When Rome asked Rousey her take on Muhammed Ali's philosophy on abstaining from sex for six weeks before a fight, Rousey responded that she does just the opposite... um, a lot. 

"For girls, it raises your testosterone, so I try to have as much sex as possible before a fight," Rousey said, against a chorus of audience laughter. She then assured viewers that she's not scouring Craigslist for hookups, but rather getting it a lot from a steady sparring partner or two. 

Abstaining from sex for a male athlete, on the other hand, really doesn't impact the way they fight, while a study confirms that the female orgasm can cause a small increase in testosterone concentrations and a very strong increase in prolactin, the latter of which boosts your immune system. 

Both masturbation and sex are good for fighting, ladies. The takeaway: before you beat someone up, beat off. 


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Jeremy Glass is a writer for Thrillist and his pre-fight ritual involves baiting a person to fight.