As farfetched as that sounded a year ago, the beautiful master of the armbar is the headliner in tonight’s UFC 157 PPV live 10 ET. Rousey faces Liz Carmouche in a fight scheduled for five rounds inside of the Octagon.
Rousey’s meteoric rise comes as a surprise to some. One of those who were surprised was Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White.
When asked if he saw a women’s division in the UFC, “never” is what White told TMZ reporters in 2011. His one-word answer was part of his consistent responses when the mere mention of women fighters in the UFC was brought up.
That is until now.
White talked about his decision to sign Rousey via latimes.com, despite his original stance.
"She willed herself here; it's why I just declared her the UFC women's champion. She's bad-ass, and I know people are saying it's because she's cute, or because I have a crush on her. No, it's because she inflicts pain. She's mean, nasty and likes to finish people."
"I have said the women's talent pool is not deep enough, which got people to suggest this is the Ronda Rousey show. You're right, it is. I brought her in here because I think she can do it. It takes a certain type of person, personality and fighter to appeal to everyone. And she's got it."
Signing Rousey only gave the UFC more attention.
The Rousey versus Carmouche fight should be one of several offerings in the UFC women’s division.
Their match will hurl the UFC into new heights. For Rousey, the road to superstardom has been well traveled, and it is all because of her patented submission maneuver, the armbar. Rousey has won every fight using the armbar, but she is a complete fighter who is willing to do what it takes to retain her Women’s Bantamweight title.
In a recent fighters.com article, she spoke about the pressures of being the champion.
“The only pressure I feel is the pressure I put on myself to win. It’s my own safety at hand. If it affects other people, whatever…I’ll do my best but I’ll do my best for myself.”
“I’m gonna try to win with whatever works. If it’s quick and efficient, that’s what I’m gonna go for. I don’t feel the need to go out of my way for other peoples’ criticisms because there’s always going to be criticism no matter what I do."
A win tonight will further cement her legacy. Can she become the greatest-ever women’s fighter inside the Octagon?
Ronda Rousey has officially taken over a male dominated sport. This was after she dominated Miesha Tate and Sarah Kaufman. In her six bouts, she has never seen the second round. She faces a tough opponent in Carmouche.
The former marine will look to make Rousey brawl. Will it be enough?
My prediction: Rousey will win in the first round, setting up a showdown with Cris “Cyborg” Santos.
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