Rousey Says Greusome Injuries Like Silva’s Leg Break Aren’t Bad for MMA
By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA
UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey spoke at a recent media event for her upcoming fight against Sarah McMann, and she shared her opinion about the broken leg Anderson Silva sustained during his UFC 168 fight against UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman.
In a pugilistic sport, Silva’s injury was still something unexpected and horrifically difficult to watch. With over 1 million Pay-Per-View buys for UFC 168, it was also one of the most-watched MMA injuries.
But if you ask Rousey, the media attention surrounding the injury is not bad for the sport.
“It’s not bad attention,” she told MMAJunkie. “Stuff like that is bound to happen. Like Dana [White] said, those exact injuries happen in basketball… It’s just unfortunate that it happened at all. But I don’t think it’s a bad thing for the sport. It’s bound to happen, it’s part of what we do. We just have to accept it for what it is and keep rolling.”
And the Silva injury is certainly not the first, or last, to occur inside MMA. Ronda Rousey herself is no stranger to joint-damaging submissions, as her first fight against rival Miesha Tate resulted in Rousey hyper-extending her opponent’s arm.
“The first time I did the armbar,” Rousey said, recounting the armbar that earned her the Strikeforce women’s bantamweight title, “it dislocated a little bit and she was able to get out, because the dislocation increases your range of motion, and you have more of a way to get out. So I was just worried, it’s already out, she’s trying to bridge out, I should probably bring it over to the side, she still hasn’t tapped, OK I have a free hand, I’m just going to sit up and punch her with this free hand.”
But these injuries, she said, are not the goal of a fight but the byproducts of accidents or a fighter’s unwillingness to submit to submissions.
“I don’t have enough room in my brain to worry. I know that my thought process is, after the person’s arm is dislocated, I keep thinking about if they’re not going to tap, how else could I do damage from here. It’s totally like, completely like totally cold, cool, calculating… It’s problem solving, it’s not opinions and emotions and stuff like that.”