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Bernie Sanders Gives Some Advice To Ronda Rousey

The mixed martial arts star is a Sanders supporter.

12/11/2015 10:13 am ET | Updated Dec 11, 2015

Mixed martial arts fighter Ronda Rousey endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for president back in November, and on Thursday, the Democratic presidential hopeful returned the favor.

"I wish her the best of luck," Sanders told TMZ Sports while crossing the street in Washington. "Get strong, get tough and win."

Rousey, a fan favorite, lost her Ultimate Fighting Championship bantamweight title to Holly Holm on Nov. 14 in a major upset. Rousey had previously been undefeated.

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Ronda Rousey (L) punches Holly Holm (R) in their UFC women's bantamweight championship bout in Melbourne, Australia, on Nov. 14, 2015.

UFC subsequently put Rousey on a six-month medical suspension. She could face a rematch with Holm as soon as July 9, 2016.

Rousey said in a Nov. 10 interview with Maxim that she plans to vote for Sanders, "because he doesn't take any corporate money." If Sanders loses in the Democratic primary, Rousey said she will vote for a third-party candidate as she has done in the past.

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