She could be the one. Sure, there have been, and still are, other mixed martial arts women out there with longer resumes and marketability. Still, Ronda Rousey seems to have all the elements; American, former Olympic medalist (judo), bravado, a constantly running non-PC mouth and let’s face it, the looks. Going into her Strikeforce bantamweight championship match against Miesha Tate, Ronda has submitted all of her MMA opponents via armbar (one a technical submission on a flying armbar), 3 amateur wins and 4 professional wins. However, she was not the #1 contender at bantamweight nor had she even fought at that weight. At 4-0, many thought…probably rightly…that her mouth and looks secured her the title shot.
Nobody thinks she was undeserving now. Although Miesha Tate pushed Ronda Rousey past 1 minute, something no previous MMA opponent had done to Ronda, she also fell in the first round. I have to give Miesha credit. Early in the round I thought Ronda had popped Tate’s arm. How she fought through the pain and kept going, even briefly having Ronda at a disadvantage, is astonishing to me. Just heart and toughness. But that was not enough when Ronda put Miesha in another armbar, this time fully popping it.
Ronda Rousey has it all. She even has winning in her blood as her mother, Ann Maria Rousey DeMars, was the first American to win a World Judo World Championship (she was Ann-Maria Burns at the time). The armbar is a ubiquitous MMA move. Everybody learns it. However, Ronda is so good at executing the armbar that it’s becoming a move associated with her. So the quesions are this. Can she keep winning and does she have a plan B if she can’t apply the armbar? Also, how is her chin? What if a future opponent lands one square? Can she take it? We will see. Maybe a fight with Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos would answer some of those questions.