Ronda Rousey Intends On Shocking & Impressing Everybody

Ronda Rousey Intends On Shocking & Impressing Everybody


She doesn’t make strict game plans. She “plans the first exchange” and improvises the rest of the fight beyond the initial encounter.  

“She”, of course, is UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and the latest first exchange that Rousey has planned for is the one she intends on using against her December 28th, UFC 168 opponent, Miesha Tate.  

“Rowdy” knows that she’s a vastly better fighter than she was the first time she faced Tate, and believes that if she had to fight her (March 2012) “self”, that she’d “kick the c**p out” out of that version of herself. Or as Inside MMA’s Kenny Rice put it, “Ronda now, would beat up Ronda then…”  

As to what’s changed, Rousey believes that she has grown considerably since her first encounter with “Cupcake”, and that where she’d only been pro for a year and “probably, only had ten rounds of sparing in (her) whole life”, she is now a vastly more experienced fighter. “So, that’s changed”, as the champ put it.  

The champ is supremely confident that she’ll once again beat Tate and sums up Cupcake’s chances as all but non-existent. With what seemed like a tone of pathos in her voice, the champ stated Tate’s chances as such:

“I don’t think she has a shot, anywhere; to be honest”

To that end, Rousey stated that she intends on “shocking and impressing everybody.”

Of course, it’s all very possible. As it stands, Rousey would easily be picked as the odds on favorite to beat Tate and probably in the first round, and probably by another armbar. However, if the champ has an Achilles heel then it might be her unbridled confidence.

As Rousey has grown since their last fight, so too has Miesha Tate. Cupcake appears to be a much calmer, more relaxed and less emotional fighter than she was back in 2012, and one that might prove a tougher challenge to the champ second time through the gate. As a massive underdog going in, a win by Tate over Rousey and not a crushing defeat at her hands, is the outcome that would shock and impress everybody.

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  • enjoylife321

    I see Rhonda bullying forward in this fight looking for an immediate takedown. I see a quick submission following…There is no way Rhonda is going to stand and bang…Overall I see it being very uneventful…

    • falcon4917

      Thats kinda what I see too but I hope it doesn't and hope Tate has worked her a*s off for this. In reality tate only needs to work on her armbar defense from their first fight because other than that it was not one sided it was quite competitive. Rousey nearly met her match against Liz too at one stage. Shes not been invincible looking. I would pick Ronda to win but I will pick Tate by rnc maybe in hope.

      • Brian Cox

        Yeah, she'll probably win and that's fine, but what I'm hoping for is a true war. Perhaps the first real women's war; something that goes five rounds, puts both fighters in danger during the match, with a finish in the final five. To me that would be great.

        One thing is for sure, if Ronda does win, I'd like it to be by something other than an armbar and in a round other than the first.

  • watermelon fresh

    All tate has to do is use footwork and avoid getting ******* in clinch…. Rhonda will not shoot in and get a takedown. Rhonda has horrific footwork and will have problems if meisha can learn how to cut angles and just learn how to move her feet and throw her hands at the same time. I can almost guarantee if anyone follows that game plan it will frustrate and confuse Rousey…..

    • Entity

      True man, just avoid being grabbed and pick her apart.

  • Entity

    Shock me by taking some good punches to the face and impress me by winning by KO.
    I dont think we'll see either.

  • highkick12

    Win without an arm bar if you want to shock or impress people.

  • HolyGrimace666

    I hate Tate and I hate her lame boyfriend since he elbowed whats her face 'cause Tate was being a bioootch, but at this point, Rousey is making me dislike her so much, I hope Tate wins. I had enough of Rousey.

  • movescamp

    Some of you have been hitting the crack pipe. Tate LOST her last fight. Ronda won in the first round after yes having her back taken. She escaped and won the match easily. Tate has terrible stand up and 8 months of practice can't make up for 18 years of high level judo practice. Ronda body has been learning footwork and moves her entire life. She been to the worlds biggest athletic showdown twice and medaled. Tate has a very very small chance.

    Rousey has great footwork. It's just for takedowns not for kick boxing. Chris Weidmans footwork is different than Lyoto machida's does that mean its terrible. No. They just have different strategies. I get it Rousey is a b…. But that has nothing to do with how much training she has behind her.

    • watermelon fresh

      Don't agree with some things you said but one thing you're right about is tate having terrible stand up.

      • movescamp

        Which part? That Rousey has great footwork for throws? She has a bronze medal in the entire world's elite judoka. Olympic development starts in grade school. Her mother was an elite judoka so you can bet as soon as she could stand she was working on footwork. Wrestling, Sambo, and judo have footwork just like boxing, kickboxing, and karate have their own footwork. None of them are the same but they all have the same concept the least amount of steps to get to your move with the most efficiency produces the best results. Tate is outmatched in every aspect of MMA with Rousey. Grappling, takedowns, and probably striking because the work ethic Rousey aquired while being developed as an Olympian her entire life allows her to train and obsorb what she is being taught at a high level. Nearly every Olympic athlete to join the UFC has done well. They have a training edge and a pedigree beyond everyone else. That's why they are Olympians.

        • Entity

          I still think you're a Rousey nut hugger lmao

    • HolyGrimace666

      Dude, I think you're hitting the crack pipe. Rousey is one of the worst strikers in the UFC!

      Rousey has no:
      Defense or offense in southpaw
      Fluid movement
      Slips or faints

      All she is, is grapple, grapple, grapples, armbar. You know what would impress me? A win with something, ANYTHING other than armbar.