It’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.”
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