It’s been an uphill battle for female competitors to find a home in the sport of mixed martial arts. With Gina Carano paving the way and now with Ronda Rousey carrying the torch, women’s mixed martial arts is on the cusp of being included in the largest mixed martial arts promotion; the UFC. UFC President Dana White recently announced his commitment to creating a women’s division in the UFC. His change of heart is due to the meteoric rise of Strikeforce Bantamweight Champion, Ronda Rousey. Ronda Rousey commands attention, both inside and outside the cage, and has a crossover appeal seen with very few others before her.
Michelle Waterson stepped back into the cage for the second time this year, making her debut in Invitca Fighting Championship 3. Waterson showed no signs of ring rust(or cage rust) as she earned a hard fought victory over a tough opponent in Lacey Schuckman. Waterson displayed a diverse arsenal throughout the 15 minute bout; an explosive combination of scrappiness, slick submissions and refined technique.
Michelle Waterson, The Karate Hottie? Karate: Michelle Waterson holds a black belt in American Free Style Karate. A discipline she’s practiced since the age of 10. Hottie: See the image below for further explanation. If there are no further questions, I’ll happily continue.
Undefeated and Undisputed In the early days of Mixed Martial Arts, “Rickson by armbar” was a ridiculously popular meme in the MMA world. Referring to Rickson Gracie’s undefeated record consisting of 11 victories. Ironically, only 2 of his 11 wins came by way of armbar. The point was, challenging Rickson Gracie was a forgone conclusion; you lose! “Ronda by armbar” is now growing in popularity, as challenging Ronda is essentially a self fulling prophecy; you’re going to get armbarred and if you’re stubborn about it your precious tendons, cartilage, and bones will bare the consequences. Just ask Julia Budd or Miesha Tate. I don’t think it’s supposed to bend that wayRonda Rousey picked up her 6th submission victory over former Strikeforce Bantamweight Champion, Sarah Kaufman; her victory coming by way of armbar, of course. Ronda remains the undefeated and undisputed Strikeforce Bantamweight Champion, victorious in 54 seconds no less. Now only two fights into her career as a Bantamweight, Ronda Rousey has already defeated arguably the two top fighters in her division and done so with relative ease. Her dominance acts as both a gift and a curse as the landscape for challengers to Ronda’s belt look scarce. Gotta make this quick, I have a lunch date!
May 2012 ends on a somber note: UFC contender Kenny Florian has retired from Mixed Martial Arts. If you’ve ever read any of the MMA articles on this site you’ve probably noticed that I’ve written exclusively about Women’s Mixed Martial Arts, specifically about Ronda Rousey, but Florian’s retirement is not only an important moment in Mixed Martial Arts history but, it’s one of personal significance to me as well. It’s something that commands my attention, and if you’re a fan of the sport, it deserves your attention as well. Kenflo’s retirement speech I’ve been a huge fan of Kenny Florian ever since he challenged Sean Sherk for the vacant UFC Lightweight title. While he lost a grueling five round decision to Sherk, he put on a gutsy performance, slicing Sherk open with his trademark elbows early in the fight. Since that bout, regardless of whether Florian came out the victor or not, I’ve enjoyed watching him fight. Wearing Sean Sherk’s blood like a tailored suit If you knew nothing about fighting and you bumped into Kenny Florian, with his slim, lanky frame, you’d assume you could kick his ass. That assumption would likely lead to a one-sided beat down that would end…
Even with Strikeforce Bantamweight Champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey’s meteoric rise and exploding popularity, the future of Women’s Mixed Martial Arts (WMMA) is still in question. The former face of WMMA, Gina Carano looks to have left fighting behind. With the success of her movie, Haywire, she’s now in the process of filming a new movie, In The Blood. Carano’s also slated to be in the next Fast and Furious movie which could potentially catapult her to super stardom. During an interview with Ariel Helwani, Carano was asked if she was ever going to compete again and while her response was not exactly straight forward, if you read between the lines she essentially said that if her movie, Haywire, did well she would stay in Hollywood. It appears that Haywire did well enough to get her noticed by Hollywood execs so it’s safe to assume that she won’t be gracing the cage again.
It may be a bit difficult to make weight with that extra 12lbs of gold!…And the new Strikeforce Bantamweight champion of the world. Rowdy, Ronda, Rousey! I don’t even know where to start with this fight. I loved every moment of it. Not just because Ronda wore very flattering shorts but because she put an absolute clinic on Miesha Tate which should silence any naysayers; it wont because haters gon’ hate. Regardless, Ronda added yet another limb to her already impressive collection of arms, which she keeps adjacent to her chamber of broken dreams. Hell, even before the fight I was absolutely hyped up from the weigh-ins. Tate attempted to put her “mug” on Ronda’s forehead and Ronda was having NONE of it and pushed Miesha back with her forehead. Onlookers claim that Miesha looked like she was going to cry after Ronda snatched Tate’s proverbial balls; I can’t confirm or deny if she did, in fact, look like she was going to cry. What I can confirm is that Ronda absolutely punked Tate and she looked absolutely ferocious doing so. I mean, I’ve seen plenty of guys mean mug one another but goddamn, did Ronda look scary! Which, I’m…
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?