When Ultimate Fighting Championship women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey fights, she tries to emulate Fedor Emelianenko. Emelianenko is her favorite fighter after all.
“My favorite fighter to watch ever I would say is Fedor Emelianenko,” Rousey said during a Facebook chat sponsored by MetroPCS on Wednesday.
Rousey has a perfect 7-0 record. She finished all of those fights with arm bar submissions in the first round. Emelianenko (34-4-1) retired from mixed martial arts on June 21, 2012 right after he defeated Pedro Rizzo by knockout in the first round at M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Rizzo in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Emelianenko is looked upon as the greatest heavyweight fighter in mixed martial arts of all time. He held the Pride FC heavyweight title from 2003 to 2006 and was undefeated for nearly a decade.
“He’s always going to be my favorite,” Rousey said. “It was the first highlight reel I ever saw of MMA. I loved his style and how he came from a Judo-Sambo background, and I really try to emulate his style every time that I fight.”
Rousey is currently filming season 18 of “The Ultimate Fighter” in Las Vegas, Nev. She is coaching opposite of her rival Miesha Tate. Rousey defeated Tate at Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey in March 2012 and became the Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion. They will go head-to-head in a rematch at the conclusion of TUF, which will air in the fall on Fox Sports 1.