Ronda Rousey has yet to be pushed out of the first round in any of her six professional MMA fights.
The UFC bantamweight champion will defend her belt in the first-ever female fight in the UFC Saturday night against Liz Carmouche at UFC 157.
With all six of her wins coming by way of armbar, is that something Rousey focuses on as she makes the walk to the cage?
“I’m interested in winning as quickly and efficiently as possible,” said Rousey, during an interview with UFC Tonight earlier this week. “If that’s through striking and that’s the first opportunity, then I’m going to go there. But, if I see the first opportunity on the ground, then I’m going to go there. It’s not like I walk in planning an armbar because I want to have a legacy.”
Rousey (6-0) has finished five of her six opponents under a minute, with only Miesha Tate providing a longer fight.
When she was asked if there is anything that Carmouche (7-2) does better than herself, Rousey stated, “No. I don’t think any girls do anything better than me, and that’s why I’m deservedly the champion.”
Rousey’s confidence gives me a Jon Jones-feel prior to his legal issues last year. She appears to have plenty of self-confidence, which every athlete needs, but she borders very closely to the cocky-not-confident line.
Let’s see how she performs on the big stage before placing her in the Top-10 in terms of all fighters like some have already rushed to do.
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