Ronda Rousey accepts invitation to Marine Corps Ball from serviceman
When Jarrod Haschert, a 22-year-old Marine stationed in Camp Lejeune, N.C., posted a video asking for Ronda Rousey to accompany him to the Marine Corps Ball, he figured the most that would come of it would be some ribbing from his friends. However, the video went viral, and it is on the verge of paying off in an unimaginable way, as the MMA superstar agreed to be his date.
Haschert put up his plea — "I hope you take this into consideration, because if you do, you will truly be making my dream come true" — on his Facebook page in August.
As of this writing, the video had been viewed over 4.8 million times, and it got the attention of several media outlets. On Tuesday, TMZ posted its own video, in which it caught up to Rousey, 28, in a parking lot and asked her about the Marine's request.
The UFC champion noted that going to the Ball, which will be held on Dec. 11, would have been an insurmountable problem a few days ago, when she was training for a fight to be held on Jan. 2. But that fight, against Holly Holm, has been moved up to Nov. 14, meaning . . .
"I would go, for sure," Rousey told TMZ.
Rousey expressed some uncertainty over how to convey that message to Haschert, but the video correspondent promised to take care of that. Of course, if he couldn't, over 4 million other folks could probably pitch in.
"He's cute," Rousey said. "He's gotta be a gentleman, you know — I'm not a first-date kind of a girl."
Sounds like Haschert's dream is, indeed, coming true, which can only be furthering his love for the country he serves. Here is what the Marine had to say to WBTV.com a few days ago, even before Rousey's response:
"I figured the video would just get made of for about a week and then it would die off, but I'm in awe that I was wrong," Haschert said. "I've always been proud of being a Marine and an American and this is why America is so great. Because strangers are lining up to help someone they don't know. The American people are what make my job so much easier, just knowing how much they care about us."