The word “rowdy” is defined as, “A rough, violent person who engages in destructive actions.” As such, Strikeforce bantamweight Ronda Rousey could not have chosen a more appropriate nickname, especially in the face of her biggest fight to date.
“Rowdy” Ronda has been on the warpath over the past few months, taking 135-pound champion Miesha Tate to task on a number of topics including comments the title-holder has made regarding the talented judoka’s skill-set (or lack thereof). The two will lock horns tomorrow night on Showtime in the main event of Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey to finally settle the score and, according to Rousey, she’ll be out to prove a point when the cage door closes.
“I’m an Olympic caliber athlete and she’s a high school wrestler. To assume that that cancels each other out, it’s wrong,” stated Rousey in an interview with the UFC’s website. “To say she has a few more years experience of fighting MMA and has fought ten more girls during that period of time, meanwhile I was fighting hundreds and hundreds of matches against Olympic caliber opponents. The girls I was competing with, it was their full-time job to train every single day, and their government was putting money into flying them around the world for training camps at the best facilities possible and to have the best coaching possible. It was professional. For her to beat a couple girls who train at a gym on the weekends and decided to pick up MMA and then having these long drawn out fights with them, she’s had a hard time with them. It’s not like she’s dominating them. For her to think that experience is equal is ignorant.”
However, Rousey certainly isn’t underestimating Tate – she just isn’t overly concerned about what her 25-year old rival has to offer inside the cage outside of a few basics.
“I think her advantages are she doesn’t get frustrated when she gets hit and she has good conditioning. Even when she is behind she keeps a cool head. You can tell she has experience in that she doesn’t panic,” began Rousey on the topic of Tate’s abilities before talk turned to the other side of the coin. “Her disadvantages are that she’s extremely slow, she’s not very explosive with any of her takedowns, her striking has a lot to be desired, and her submission game isn’t exciting either. I don’t think she has any real finishing power that I have to worry about. The main theme of this fight is about positioning on the ground and making sure I don’t get stuck in side-control or the mount and making it look like she’s controlling the action. I don’t have to worry about any submissions or knockouts or TKOs from her; I have to worry about her trying to eek out a decision victory.”
See if Rousey’s assessment is spot-on when she tangles with Tate on Showtime. The main card broadcast begins at 10:00 PM EST. Prelims begin on Showtime Extreme two hours earlier.
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