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“In the next 10 years, if there's a woman in the octagon, it's probably going to be Ronda Rousey,” UFC President Dana White said.
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This Saturday, August 18, live on Showtime, “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey (5-0) makes her first title defense of the Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Championship against Sarah Kaufman (15-1). However, the real story may not necessarily be the championship fight, but of Rousey's meteoric rise in the world of MMA. From humble beginnings as a Judo practitioner in Southern California, to the cover of ESPN The Magazine's 2012 Body Issue, she is set to headline yet another Strikeforce event on prime time cable television. It was three years ago that Strikeforce held the first event headlined by a Women's championship fight. Gina Carano took on Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos, both were the first growing stars in the female MMA scene, but Carano hasn't fought since 2009 (focusing on her film career) and Cyborg has since tested positive for banned substances and is rebuilding her MMA career. “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey is the new face in the sport for women and one of the things that separates her from Carano, “Cyborg”, or any other female fighter is true star power. She has even garnered the support of UFC kingpin, and outspoken critic of Women's MMA, Dana White.
“In the next 10 years, if there's a woman in the octagon, it's probably going to be Ronda Rousey,” White stated during “All Access: Ronda Rousey.”
Even with an Olympic Bronze Medal in Judo at the 2008 Beijing Games, five spectacular submission victories in MMA, its her charismatic ability to talk her way into fights and even popular culture. She is seemingly the total package any promoter would want from a female competitor with talent, charisma and beauty. Her outspoken media interviews have given her and the sport even more attention. Rousey has even spoken about her feelings on female role models as well as her thoughts about females she believes do not perpetuate better female perceptions.
“I would beat the crap out of Kim Kardashian," Rousey said. "Any girl who is famous and idolized because she made a sex video with some guy and that’s all she’s known for.”
Rousey also took shots at fellow Olympian Michael Phelps and his actions, showing her almost fearless nature when it comes to speaking her mind.
“Michael Phelps needed his own private section of the club to be, like, private for him," Rousey said. "All the NBA players are a bigger deal than him and they're all hanging out with the rest of us. I was like 'We're your teammates. We're not a bunch of groupies. Come hangout with us. Who the hell are you?'"
Rousey talks the talk and walks the walk, the irony about Rousey's performances are that they have all been short, none of her fights have gone past the first round. And only one of those bouts went past the first minute. But it was her last fight with Miesha Tate that put her on the map. A true battle for nearly five minutes, Rousey was tested but once again finished a game opponent with a devastating armbar. “Rowdy” gets yet another main even this Saturday against Sarah Kaufman, coupled with a special two-part “All Access” show focusing on her.
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