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Ronda Rousey: “I’m going to retire undefeated and there’s not anything these girls can do about it.”

Ronda RouseyIt’s fair to say the immediate future of women’s MMA rests squarely on the shoulders of UFC bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey. In fact, even UFC President Dana White openly admitted the company’s decision to introduce female fighters into the mix was the “Ronda Rousey show”.

The first hurdle for the 6-0 Rousey to jump comes this weekend at UFC 157 where she’ll face Liz Carmouche (8-2). Win, and the spotlight on her gender’s contributions to the sport will shine even brighter; lose and it could flick off faster than one of her Armbar finishes. Of course, in Rousey’s opinion, fans of the fairer sex have nothing to worry about since she plans on winning on Saturday night in Anaheim as well as in every other city she ever competes in.

“Of course I’m gonna beat Liz Carmouche… and everyone that comes after her,” stated the confident competitor on an extended preview for the event. “I’m going to retire undefeated and there’s not anything these girls can do about it. They can try. They’re welcome to try, but it’s just not happening.”

As self-assured as the unbeaten judoka may be, Rousey understands Carmouche is an apt adversary and respects her abilities. Then again, that doesn’t mean “Rowdy” Ronda won’t be looking to snap one of Carmouche’s limbs if the opportunity presents itself.

“She’s a legit fighter. If it wasn’t for one tiny little mistake she would have been the Strikeforce champion. She was dominating Marloes Coenen for like four rounds and got caught at the end, Chael Sonnen-style,” said Rousey of the former Marine after offering up her general approach in the cage. “If you almost choke somebody and they stand you up, they can take a breath and they’re fine again. You throw on somebody flat on their back, that’s still subjective. But if you break somebody’s arm, it’s broken – that’s not subjective. You can get the referee to stand her up again but she’s gotta fight the rest of the fight with one arm.”

The full feature can be seen below including comments from Carmouche, Dan Henderson, and Lyoto Machida:


  • AlphaOmega says:

    Then she’s not planning on fighting very long, because nobody stays undefeated forever, eventually something will happen and she will lose. Either being outpointed, or just women getting better as WMMA grows, it will happen, it always happens.

  • raker says:

    I see her as Royce Gracie…. A pioneer of sorts. There are going to be women fighters emerging that have a more developed ground game, and are very well rounded that will give Rousey a good run. If anyone thinks that there are no other women that have a similar skill set on the ground, they’re crazy. They just haven’t been discovered yet.

  • Niv says:

    Well I’m not taking her too serious here, I do like her confidence though.

    She does have a better chance now that Cyborg and the UFC couldn’t iron out their issues though.

  • MCM says:

    Couture and Rich Franklin both won by TKO and KO with broken arms. Just saying.

    This kinda talk is good for WMMA, IMO. As scary and dangerous as Cyborg is, she just not as marketable as Rhonda. I see her role as less like Royce and more like and early Tito Ortiz.


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