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Not sure how many of y'all are fans of MMA and are fans of Women's Mixed Martial Arts in general but if you are this may interest you. I break down the fight between Olympic Bronze Medalist Ronda Rousey, who's is slated to challenge Strikeforce 135lbs Champion Miesha Tate on March 3rd. Enjoy!
We're only a week away from what is easily the most anticipated bout in Women's Mixed Martial Arts history since Gina Carano and Cris Cyborg set ratings records with their back and forth war back on August 15, 2009.
As I whisper sweet nothings in your ear...
Since then, Cris Cyborg has absolutely stream rolled her last three opponents only to be suspended for a year for testing positive for steroids. Thus ruling her most recent victory over former dominatrix Hiroko Yamanaka a no-contest. On a side note, is anyone else drinking in the irony of a former dominatrix being on the receiving end of an ass whipping?
Dayum?! This is what I've been doing to people? This shit hurts!
As for Gina Carano, it looks like her fighting days are over and her career on the silver screen is just beginning to blossom. With the Stephen Soderberg film, Haywire, under her belt and with her new movieIn the Blood on the horizon it looks like we'll have to get our Carano fix on the big screen from now on. Either that or you could just watch some American Gladiators clips on Youtube.
"It wasn't a kick, it was a step"
Carrying the torch ignited by Gina Carano, Ronda Rousey is preparing to challenge Miesha Tate for her 135 pound title as history is about to be made yet again. Rousey is arguably the most popular female mixed martial artist in the world. Despite my obvious bias, it's difficult to argue against Ronda Rousey being the most talented female fighter on top of that.
Just remember Ariel, if you're nervous while interviewing just imagine the interviewee naked.
With an Olympic Bronze medal as well as numerous National and World titles under her belt Ronda Rousey boasts an impressive resume to say the least. However, if you asked Miesha Tate her opinion, she'd emphatically disagree that Ronda has the tools to beat her. Not only that but Tate is convinced that Ronda hasn't paid her dues in the sport of MMA and that she should instead be defending her title against Sarah Kaufman. Kaufman previously defeated Tate back in 2009 and Tate would love to avenge that loss. But, Ronda's exciting fighting style and meteoric rise in popularity put the kibosh on Miesha Tate's plans for a rematch. Regardless of who comes out as the victor, it's likely that if Sarah Kaufman is victorious against Alexis Davis she'll will be granted her promised title shot.
Kaufman want title shot!
Before the fight was even signed the two began a wars of words which has only intensified since its inception. The initial beef spawned when Ronda Rousey called out Miesha Tate following her victory over Julia Budd. Miesha felt slighted that Ronda thought she was the rightful challenger, not only leap frogging Sarah Kaufman but challenging for a belt in a weight class that she had yet to compete in. Once the fight was signed Tate took issue with Ronda marketing her looks to get herself the title fight rather than putting her skills on the forefront. I find it amusing that Tate would take issue with Ronda flaunting her looks when she's guilty of doing the same. Ahem, exhibit A:
Do these shorts make my ass look big? Because that's kind of the idea.
Ronda Rousey, who's affectionately been branded the female Chael Sonnen, has really gotten under Tate's skin to put it lightly. Tate told MMA Junkie that,
"She's probably the person I dislike the most out of anyone in my career ...I want to go out there and punch her in the face. I want to elbow here. I'm going to try and cut her open if I can. I'm not just going out there to win this fight. I really want to hurt this girl." - Miesha Tate
This may come as a surprise but Tate isn't the only one who's threatened to leave lasting damage on her opponent: Ronda warned that she's going to break Tate's arm. For Tate's sake, if Ronda does indeed get a hold of her arm, let's hope that talk of breaking her arm was simply pre-fight hype. If not, maybe Miesha Tate and Julia Budd can swap stories about what it's like to have their arms look like a flamingo leg.
You're doing it wrong! My arm's supposed to go the other way!
It's safe to say that Ronda's gift of gab will clinch victory in their verbal battle but Miesha Tate did manage to seriously bother Ronda when she questioned the validity of her Olympic medal. Ronda expressed her outrage;
"She’s just completely wrong, but the whole idea that she would try to defame one of her own country’s Olympic medals is so tactless." - Ronda Rousey
Allow me to thank David Finch for his generosity. :D
Although Ronda has been criticized for saying outlandish things in order to hype the fight, Ronda claims that she's not only being candid when she opens her mouth, but she's also implementing physiological warfare; a tactic that she learned from her a mother who holds a PHD in developmental psychology.
Quite the mind fuck isn't it?
We've seen in the past that pre-fight trash talk can be tremendously effective. As was the case with Dan Hardy when he fought Mike Swick. Hardy's cerebral approach went beyond simply trash talk. Prior to his fight with Mike Swick he mockingly awarded Swick with a second place trophy.
Sometimes it really is better to walk away empty handed, seriously.
This fight is so intriguing because it's so difficult to predict. Having only mere minutes of footage of Ronda Rousey's past performances there's no telling how she'll fair in the championship rounds, hell even in round 2. With such a huge step up in competition it's unlikely that she'll be able to steam roll Miesha Tate in the same fashion that she has with her previous opponents. Unlikely, but not impossible. Ronda's honed her craft for over a decade so even though Tate knows an armbar is coming doesn't mean that she's anymore able to stop it.
Gorgeous fighters never lose!
It goes without saying (but I'll say it anyway) that Ronda has become synonymous with broken arms and elbow joints. Tate herself is no slouth on the ground; she captured the Bantamum weight title by delivering Marloes Coenen her first submission loss, via arm triangle.
When I said I wanted to see a chick get pounded, that's not quite what I had in mind.
That said, Tate would be best suited to go against her name sake, "Takedown Tate", and instead use her wrestling to nullify Rousey's judo to keep the fight standing. Tate is confident that she has the wrestling chops to do just that. Endorsing the theory that "wrestling is the best base for MMA", Tate feels that because Judo is trained with a gi it's not nearly as effective in a MMA context. Apparently, she's never seen Karo Parisyan fight or Ronda Rousey for that matter. Interestingly enough Ronda's explained that her style of judo is less reliant on the gi, unlike the Japanese style of judo. The more you know...
Oh, so that's what victory tastes like!
All in all, I'm damn excited for this fight. So much so that I didn't even realize that the rest of the card is also very good. I, not surprisingly, have Ronda winning this fight whether it be another one of her quick submissions or if she's made to see a bit more cage time then we're used to. That is in no way to disregard the ability that Miesha Tate brings to the table, because honestly I wouldn't be surprised if Miesha Tate was able to derail the "Rowdy" hype train. She is the champion for a reason and shouldn't be taken lightly. That said, WAR Ronda!
- The "hyperextended" Prometheus