Ronda Rousey doesn’t like to pose with the UFC female bantamweight title during press conferences or other events leading up to title defenses.
Rousey, who will face Sara McMann this coming Saturday at UFC 170, has a pretty simple reason for her actions in regards to the belt.
“I approach every fight like I’m fighting for a new belt,” said Rousey, in an interview with MMAjunkie.com. “It doesn’t matter who you’re fighting. You don’t start with an extra score on the scoreboard because you won the last fight.”
In her most recent bout, Rousey was finally pushed out of the first round by Miesha Tate. It marked the first time she saw the second – and eventually, the third – rounds of an MMA fight, before locking in her patented armbar for the finish.
Despite owning eight submission wins to her credit, Rousey understands there is a need to continually improve herself in all disciplines.
“I’ve reached a certain level of competition where what’s required out of striking to come into the clinch to grapple is a lot more complicated than at the lower levels,” she said. “It requires much more high-level footwork and striking to be able to use grappling at all.”
Rousey, a bronze medalist in judo, will be facing a silver medalist in McMann, who won her prize in wrestling.