During the fourth quarter of 2011, there was speculation that Zuffa owned promotion, Strikeforce, would go the way of the WEC and find itself folded into the UFC. For those who don’t know (i.e. you, reader) Strikeforce is the largest promoter of Women’s Mixed Martial Arts. Thus, with the threat of Strikeforce closing its doors the future of WMMA too was threatened. Thankfully, there was a series of events which helped save the San Jose based promotion. While there are several events which contributed to Strikeforce’s survival, the most relevant one revolves around Olympic Judoka, Ronda Rousey. As you should already know, I heart Ronda Rousey. I heart Ronda Rousey so very much. Don’t be fooled she can kick your ass, yes you!
Ronda enters the cage opposite Julia Budd and 39 seconds later she’s added yet another arm to her collection. There’s a serious lesson to be learned in this fight, don’t fuck with Ronda Rousey. Ronda made short work of Julia Budd at last Friday’s Strikeforce Challengers, continuing her streak of armbarring everything in sight in less than a minute. Julia Budd reluctantly tapped out after having her elbow dislocated. (Ouch, Like seriously!) Ronda’s previous bout against Sarah D’Aleio ended somewhat controversially, when Ronda informed the referee that D’Aleio had tapped out. D’Aleio, claimed that she didn’t tap, but she admitted that she screamed out in pain, which qualifies as a verbal submission. Ronda explained that she didn’t feel guilty about the fate which has befallen Julia Budd’s arm and blamed D’Aleio for her need to be so ruthless. Allow me to reiterate, don’t fuck with Ronda Rousey. Am I not merciful?!
Beauty and Badassery “If I could get in a fight without there being legal repercussions, I would be in a fight every single day.” Ronda told Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour. As if I wasn’t already infatuated with her, my heart-on (see what I did there?) for Ronda Rousey has effectively graduated from admiration to obsession. “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey, the undefeated mixed martial artist and Olympic Judo medalist is nothing short of a certified badass. In less than two minutes (one minute 39 seconds to be exact) Ronda dispatched of each of her opponents, over three professional bouts, all by arm bar. I wouldn’t be surprised if she has a mantle on her wall where she displays the detached limbs of her defeated foes. If you’re a fan of submission grappling you’ll appreciate watching Ronda’s absolute dissection her opponents with a marriage of immaculate technique and ferocity. If you’re not a fan of submission grappling it’s probably because you’ve never seen Ronda Rousey fight. All your arm are belong to us! Not content with the 9 -5 grind, Ronda chose to embark on a career in MMA at the behest of her training partners and with the blessing of…