Marketers again tricked casual fans into thinking Ronda Rousey was in for a dangerous fight, and Rousey again “shocked the world.”
But we should’ve known better. Rousey’s win over Bethe Correia at UFC 190 was all but written in stone before the fight even started.
Going into the fight Correia was being called a dangerous brawler that had power in both hands. If one did any investigating into her record they would see she had only won two fights by stoppage in her entire career.
Her puffed up UFC record included an extremely questionable decision win over Julie Kedzie, and an average decision win over Jessamyn Duke.
Even if Correia was as dangerous as the UFC’s marketing team claimed she was, she is raw and undeserving of a title shot. However, the UFC needs to make money, so Rousey needs to fight.
And fight Rousey did. She used sharp punches before tripping Bethe and initiating a flurry on the fence. From there, she landed a nuclear right hand and Correia caught herself on the canvas — with her face.
The placement of the right hand was beautiful, and the face plant will make highlight reels for decades. The whole fight lasted 34 seconds.
Rousey is again being called “The Mike Tyson of MMA,” but I’m not sure that is correct.
In boxing there has only been one fighter to start their career at light middleweight and go on to win the heavyweight title. That fighter also received a painful amount of criticism due to circumstances outside of their control. That fighter was Roy Jones Jr.
When Jones Jr. was in the higher weight classes, his detractors cried that he lacked tough competition. After Jones Jr. was knocked out for the first fight, he tried to bounce between weight classes and the results were less than spectacular.
Make no mistake about it, Jones Jr., who is attempting another comeback, was a phenomenal athlete.
Before his slide, Jones Jr. had won an Olympic silver medal, and was 49-1 with the only loss being a disqualification. Sadly Jones Jr.’s legacy is now marred with what-ifs.
What if Jones Jr. had never moved up so many weight classes? More importantly, what if Jones Jr. fought at a time where he had tough competition? As Rousey’s career continues, she is falling into similar territory.
Rousey is a dominant destroyer in a desolate division.
Rousey has already beaten seven of the top 10 women bantamweight fighters. The fighter ranked the highest, Miesha Tate, is now matched up to fight Rousey for a third time.
Rousey is a great athlete, but her competition is lacking in quality and quantity.
Rousey is bringing a gun to knife fights every time she competes, and while this isn’t her fault, it needs to be addressed.
If we scrutinized Jones Jr. for a similar issue, Rousey must be subjected to the same criticism.
We will never know how great Rousey is until another fighter comes along that can push her, or at least do something that doesn’t play into Rousey’s style.
Is Rousey the most dominant WMMA fighter of all time? Yes. Is Rousey the best female combat sports athlete of all time? Maybe. Is Rousey the best MMA fighter of all time? No one can know, and until she gets a challenger that can push her you are ludicrous to make that claim.