Why Rowdy Rousey is the real deal
The latest UFC fight night is almost upon us. On August 1, ‘Rowdy’ Ronda Rousey will defend her bantamweight title against Brazilian fighter Bethe Correia at UFC190. The fight will mark the first occasion Rousey has entered a UFC fight outside the United States. Unfortunately for Correia, that’s about the only thing she has going against her.
Rowdy Rousey rose to fame in the now obsolete MMA organisation Strikeforce, where she became the bantamweight title holder after three fights. After Strikeforce was bought out by UFC owner Zuffa LC, Rousey quickly became UFC’s first female fighter, and their first (and thus-far only) female Bantamweight title holder.
Her MMA record is almost spotless. Of the eleven fights she has participated in, Rousey has maintained an undefeated record– with only one fight ever progressing beyond the first round. Two wins via technical knock out and nine via submissions, Ronda has spent just 1502 seconds in the cage, a length which roughly equates to the duration of a full-length, five round fight. This leaves her average fight duration sitting at 2 minutes at 16 seconds – less than half of a single round.
Correia, be warned. Rousey’s form is only getting better. Her latest three fights combine to a total duration of 1:36, with her most recent fight lasting just 14 seconds; taking the title of the shortest fight in UFC history.
To her credit, Correia (otherwise known as the ‘Pitbull’) is also yet to lose an MMA match up in nine performances. However, seven of these fights went the distance, lasting a full five rounds, until they were decided – sometimes unanimously and sometimes not.
Correia is far from coming into this match as the favourite, and she definitely knows it. Hence the mind games. Correia has been all over it – gloating after defeating friends of Rousey’s including Jessamyn Duke and Shayna Baszler, dissing Ronda for previous issues related to drug abuse and an eating disorder, as well as boasting that she wouldn’t want Rowdy to commit suicide after she wins the fight; a rather touchy comment considering Ronda’s father committed suicide during her childhood.
Corey may talk the talk, but ‘Rowdy’ Ronda Rousey undoubtedly walks the walk.
Good luck Bethe Correia. You’re going to need it.