Every time UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey inks another deal to step into the octagon and defend her title against another challenger, fans no longer ponder whether or not she will be successful. Lately, the question on their mind is “How fast will she finish her opponent this time?”
No matter where the women pit against “Rowdy” have been ranked within the bantamweight division, the fact remains that they are elite competitors. If you are an athlete in the octagon, you are elite. Whether or not they are on the same tier as Ronda Rousey is usually not a question figured out until the initial bell rings, however.
Rousey has proven that her last four opponents, although elite, were no match for her or her gameplan. She has finished Bethe Correia, Cat Zingano, Alexis Davis, and Sara McMann in less than a combined two minutes.
The ability to beat her opponents is nothing new, though. She has been taught by her mother from her days in judo competitions as a kid.
“When I did judo as a kid, my mom told me the most common time to catch somebody is the first second of the match,” Rousey told “Mike and Mike in the Morning” “So when I was a little kid from like 11 on, I would always try a throw right after the bell so I had a lot of matches that were in the first 10 or 20 seconds, because that’s when the person is most unprepared.”
“It’s just been drilled into my brain since I was a little kid to not have that feeling-out period,” Rousey continued. “To be good at what other people are bad at.”
Rousey’s next test will be Holly Holm at UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia. Rousey was expected to face Miesha Tate for a third time, but the UFC had a change of plans and gave the opportunity to striking-standout Holm. Who do you think will walk out on top on fight night? Share your thoughts and make your prediction in the comment section below!