In her sixth title defense, UFC bantamweight women’s champion Ronda Rousey proved once again why she is the best in the cage. After a much publicized word war against undefeated challenger Bethe Correia, Rousey knocked out Correia in UFC 190 in just 34 seconds of the first round.
The fight became a personal vendetta for Rousey as she was furious over the trash talk Correia was giving her on Twitter which became too hurtful for Rousey. The Brazilian said that Rousey was a media creation and she is not as good as she thinks she is. Correia tweeted “Under pressure, she is proving weak. When her mom put pressure on her, she ran away from home. When she lost, it was because of drugs. That’s not a superhero. She is not mentally healthy; she needs to take care of herself. She is winning, so everybody is around her cheering her up, but when she realizes she is not everything that she believes she is, I don’t know what might happen. I hope she does not kill herself later on.”
Rousey’s father as she shared in her book, My Fight/Your Fight, committed suicide when she was young and it was a traumatic event that has changed her family’s life. Rousey lashed back at Correia on Twitter saying, “suicide is no joke or selling point. My father will be with me the day I hand you the comeuppance you deserve.”
Despite Correia apologizing on twitter saying she didn’t know Rousey’s family history, Ronda was obviously furious to get back at her in in their fight in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She finished Correia in just 34 seconds and takes her issues with Correia settled after she beat her up. “I’m not going to have to think about her ever again after this day,” Rousey said in their post-fight conference. As far as I’m concerned, it’s over and done with.”
Rousey continuously proves to her fans that she is becoming a versatile fighter as she has amazingly stepped up her game from her signature arm bar finishes and now to knock out punches. She finished her last three challengers in a combined 64 seconds in the Octagon (34 seconds, 14 seconds and 16 seconds, respectively).
Prior to joining the MMA, Ronda was a decorated judoka Olympian and her technical excellence has made her unbeatable in the sport. Dr. Rhadi Ferguson, Ronda’s judo coach during her teenage years believe that what makes Rousey rise above others is not only her skill but also her attitude towards what she does.
Rousey believes that she could beat anyone.
Ferguson recounts one time when they were training together and Ronda started to cry. “What are you crying about?” Ferguson asked Ronda, to which the athlete replied, “I can’t do anything.” Ferguson said, “Ronda, I’m a 100-kilogram male.” Ronda answered, “Yeah, but I don’t feel like you’re supposed to beat me.”
Ronda is a determined fighter and she never stops until she gets the victory she deserves. This attitude of hard work and determination has been Ronda’s key to her undefeated success.
In just four years as a professional MMA fighter, Ronda has not only given women a face in MMA but she has also proven that she is one of the most dominant and most dangerous athletes in the world. Aside from being the undefeated UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion, she was also named as the Best Female Athlete and Best Fighter of the Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award (ESPY) for 2015. She has also released her autobiographical book, My Fight/Your Fight this year. Her controversial fight with Correia in UFC 190 received the most pay per views for 2015.
Aside from being a fighter, she also dabbled in entertainment with brief appearances in Expendables 3, The Fast and The Furious 7 and Entourage. An autobiographical movie based on her book is also in the works.
After her sixth title defense, people have been talking who would be Rousey’s next challenger. Fighter Cris Cyborg has been teasing Rousey on Twitter to finally face her at 135 lbs. division. She tweeted “Stop being a do nothing bitch! Let’s do this for the FANS now (December 12) not later/ don’t worry it will be your last fight.” Cris Cyborg is a top veteran MMA fighter who has notable victories over popular fighters like Marloes Coenen, Shayna Baszler and Gina Carano. She is currently fighting in Invicta. She had a drug issue before being the reason she was not taken in the UFC roster for women fighters.
Rousey has answered back Cyborg’s feisty challenge and told a radio station that she is just asking “to be offered enough money to get her ass kicked. “Cyborg tweets back that there hasn’t been any offer so how could she ask for money?”
Rousey is also engaged in a bitter feud with boxing champ Floyd Mayweather Jr. and she refuses to back down. “In a no-rules fight, I believe I can beat anyone in this planet,” she said in a recent Reddit AMA. “I wonder how Floyd feels being beat by a woman for once. I’d like to see him pretend to not know who I am now,” she said after she won the Best Fighter award in ESPY wherein Mayweather was also a nominee.
Mayweather known for his monicker “Money” has replied, “Call me when you can make over $300 million in 36 minutes.”
Indeed, Ronda Rousey is on fire and at only 28 years old, there is nothing that can stop her from climbing an even higher pedestal. For sure, fans will continue to watch and admire Ronda Rousey, a determined and genuinely fearless fighter.