There seems to be no kryptonite for UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. The Olympic judoka is 10-0 and none of her fights have gone the distance.
Last night she won an ESPY for being Best Female Athlete of the year. An accomplishment enough even before you add in the fast that she is the first Mixed Martial Artist–male or female–to win the coveted award given by ESPN.
She won no doubt in part because she remains undefeated. The question now is: Can she ever be beaten?
At this point, it seems highly unlikely. She is now ranked #9 in the UFC pound-for-pound rankings, and the scary thing is, she may not be in her prime yet.
Her last fight at UFC 175 was finished in 16 seconds. Think about that — that’s less time than the average commercial: Meaning – if you went to get a drink or some popcorn right before the start of her fight with Alexa Davis, you were left to watching replays and the post-fight interview.
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The UFC has added undefeated Holly Holm to their roster, and they are looking to sign Gina Carano and Cris “Cyborg” Justino.
Holm hasn’t fought the same competition as Rousey, Carano has been busy acting in Hollywood and hasn’t fought in a few years, and “Cyborg” recently lost a Muay Thai fight.
And Rousey? All she does is win, and in dominate fashion as well.
UFC President Dana White has called her “Maybe the most dominant champion in the UFC,” and has also said she could beat boxing’s Pay-Per-View king Floyd “Money” Mayweather in a fight.
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Yesterday, the Internet was abuzz, when a reporter asked Mayweather about Rousey, in which he said, “I don’t know who he is.” You can watch the video clip here.
Finding a viable opponent must be tough when the media asks White his opinion on the outcome between Rousey and one of boxing’s best.
At this point, it doesn’t seem as if the women have caught up to Rousey at this stage in her and their careers.
Remember, early on in the UFC, no one had an answer for Royce Gracie and his Jiu-Jitsu, and he would beat bigger opponents because of his skill.
That seems to be the case now — the women haven’t caught up to Rousey’s skill level; they are just starting to get their feet wet in mixed martial arts now.
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Rousey has yet to be hurt, and she continues to excel in her boxing which should give her opponents even more to worry about.
Until I see it, I don’t think there is any woman on her level and her legend will grow as the wins pile up and her losses stay at zero.
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