In just over three years women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has managed to achieve more in mixed martial arts than any other female fighter to date.
The Olympic judo bronze medalist won her first major MMA title after just four pro fights, when Rousey faced Miesha Tate for her Strikeforce title she had less than three minutes of professional fighting experience.
On July 5, at UFC 175, Rousey will look for her fourth consecutive title defence as she takes on Canadian standout Alexis Davis. “Ally-Gator” isn’t as well known as some of the previous opponents the champion has faced in the cage; this may be something to do with “Rowdy” not having any personal issues with her.
When Rousey took on Miesha Tate in their rematch at UFC 168 the fight was a must-see for fans because of the ladies fierce rivalry. In a recent interview with Fox Sports “Rowdy” said she isn’t concerned about who she is fighting, as she is absent from emotion when inside the Octagon:
“It doesn’t change anything for me because I’m not an emotional fighter,” Rousey said. “I have zero emotion when I go in there and fight. It could be my best friend in the world or it could be my worst enemy. I would fight them the same. I would fight Miesha Tate and Shayna Baszler in exactly the same way. I love Shayna and I can’t stand Miesha but emotions have nothing to do with the way I fight. Fighting is absent of emotion for me.“
In Davis, Rousey may have her toughest test to date. The challenger may even have the skills to cancel the champ out on the ground, she’s a black belt under Cesar Gracie and currently trains with world champion grappler Caio Terra. “Rowdy” acknowledges that this is going to be a new challenge for her but she is looking forward to making a point to all her critics.
“It’s definitely an interesting new challenge. One thing that I couldn’t stand when I was just watching MMA and coming from Judo was all these people talking about how the Jiu Jitsu people would beat any Judo player. It was such a stereotype that I thought, and still think, that I could beat any girl in the world, any weight division, gi or no-gi, black belt and in any ruleset they want, in just pure Jiu Jitsu.”
This fight against Alexis, who is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt and the kind of person I’ve heard my whole life should be the type to tap me out no problem, would be nice to prove a point against her. Then again, I always have people saying that my striking is terrible and she’s a well-noted Muay Thai fighter so any way that I can beat her I think would prove a good point.””
It will be interesting to see how the champion comes in to fight on July. Will she try to take the fight to the mat as always and tangle with the BJJ wiz or will she look to get her second career stoppage with strikes? What do you guys think?