There’s been no shortage of discussion in recent months as to just how tough Ronda Rousey is, but now that she’s cruised through Cat Zingano, talk about the dominance and abilities of the UFC bantamweight champ has never been more rampant.
Even before Rousey tapped out Zingano in just 14 seconds at UFC 184, Joe Rogan buzzed the internet and then some, by saying he believes “Rowdy” could beat “50%” of the UFC’s 135’ers, male or female. Well, Rousey recently appeared on ESPN’s Sports Center, and when asked to weight in on Rogan’s comments, she reportedly said this (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I never say that I’m incapable of beating anybody, because I don’t believe in putting limits on myself,” Rousey said. “So I mean, I would have to say if you’re just talking about what’s in the realm of possibility of what’s possible of who I could beat, well I could beat 100 percent of them. You can’t tell me that there’s a zero percent chance that I can beat anyone on the planet, so I’m never gonna say that.”
Fair enough. Of course, the reason there’s been all this talk is because Rousey is quickly running out of contenders for her bantamweight title. Fighters like Zingano, Alexis Davis and Sarah McMann were all hyped as women who could give Rousey a run for her money, and she needed less than two minutes, total, to defeat all three. Rousey’s only been out of the first round once now in 11 fights, and that was in her 2013 rematch with Miesha Tate, which she won via a third round, armbar.
Well’, while discussing why Rousey is such a dominant champ, the decorated Judoka stated:
“It’s not that they’re lacking anything so much,” Rousey said. “They decided later in life that they wanted to be a fighter. A lot of these girls already developed a personality and had a life and one day they decided, ‘I’m gonna give it a try.’ Whereas, this is literally what I was raised to do.”
Yes, clearly Rousey’s lifelong dedication to training and fighting has paid off big time for the 28 year-old. Now, the MMA world will wait to see if the UFC can make Rousey-Cris “Cyborg” a reality. Other than the Invicta FC featherweight champ and possible Bethe Correia, the list of viable contenders is pretty, pretty thin.