Judo Olympian and current UFC women’s bantamweight champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey is in the midst of preparing to face off against a fellow Olympian in Sara McMann at the upcoming UFC 170 which takes place in Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Event Center on Saturday, February 22, 2014. .
This leads up to a very interesting match up stylistically as Ronda made her fame through her superior judo and grappling skills that, seemingly without a doubt, ends with the inevitable hip toss to arm bar. Which so far has worked out just fine for Rousey who is 8-0 in her professional MMA career and 2-0 in the UFC with every victory under her belt via arm bar.
But with McMann being a highly decorated wrestler, she poses a larger problem than most of Ronda’s past opponents.
This doesn’t seem to phase Ronda’s trainer Edmond Tarverdyan however, who has all the faith in the world that Ronda will not only come out victorious, but that Ronda is a more skilled wrester that McMann to begin with, and promises that we’ll see that come UFC 170. Even more interesting is that Tarverdyan doesn’t even think that it will be Ronda’s exceptional ground game that will be her key to victory. When asked his fight prediction he said, “I’m thinking a knockout. I think she knocks out Sara McMann.”
High hopes from Ronda’s corner.
Tarverdyan had much more to say about his belief that Ronda will simply out class her upcoming opponent during a recent interview with Ariel Helwani’s “The MMA Hour”:
“Ronda wrestles… shes been wrestling with the best wrestlers in the world… we’re working with her, she’s awesome… it’s not going to be a classic wrestling versus judo match, for sure. Ronda could out-wrestle Sara and everybody will witness that. If it stays on the feet, I think Ronda is way way better than, I’ll be honest, all of them (UFC female fighters) combined. They go in with their heads down and they swing for the fences. It’s a bit hard, if it’s a boxing match, I would have her stay on the jab and stay focused, field the distance and then start catching them. It’s not a boxing match, they go out there and start swinging their hands. Even Miesha (Tate) you saw when she connected. She nailed Ronda with a nice right hand. And it’s good that she admitted that she got hurt with that right hand. Ronda’s stand-up is great, her ground, we’re not even going to talk about it, she’s better in the wrestling. She’s not just a judo player that only does judo.”
It’ll be interesting how well Ronda in fact does on the ground against a silver medalist in the 2004 Olympic games. A knockout may be more believable. But nothing is set in stone in MMA, and that definitely goes for the happenings in the Octagon. We’ve been proven time and time again that surprises come often in a fight, and seeing Ronda out strike and knockout an opponent won’t be the craziest thing we’ve ever seen go down in the Octagon that’s for sure.
So, what you think Penn Nation? Does Ronda really have the skills to out wrestle the Olympic wrestler? Has Ronda’s boxing improved enough to predict a knockout? Let us know what you think!Tags: edmond tarverdyan, Ronda Rousey, Sara McMann, ufc 170