But might there be somebody? Soon?
For fans are swooning...and these four lines were read in, what, about 14 seconds?
14 Seconds - hey, that’s the time her fight against her number-one ranked opponent (now racked and stacked), Cat Zingano, took. Cat, figuratively, has been changed from an outie to an innie, thanks to Rousey’s signature submission move – the armbar.
Rousey is the best. She’s a beast. A brawling beast-destroyer, who takes but seconds to win her fights. MMA never had it so good. And she makes for a great interview too. Conan O’Brien’s jaw dropped faster than a Ronda opponent when she told him, for a woman, having sex before a fight would increase her testosterone, would help her fight!
Yikes. And guess what? Manny Pacquiao, along with Conan, is also a big Ronda Rooter. He figures Rousey could handle Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a MMA bout.
One can only dream about such an event – but here’s an all-too-real living nightmare for Rousey’s real foes. They’ll be going down fast, thanks to that powerful armbar move that breaks arms and shatters spirits. Even commentators have a hard time looking, and announcing, of the death hold Ronda applies. She’s the bantamweight UFC champion. So she weighs 135 pounds. Now that hasn’t stopped an idiotic 215 pounder, one Jesse Holley, ex Dallas Cowboy, from trash talking her down. He says he’d “squish her like a bug.” He also adds he’d need eight weeks of training.
Ain’t gonna happen. But she could probably flatten his ass in MMA or judo.
Judo? How does Judo fit into all of this? Well, a huge reason Rowdy (her nickname) Ronda is undefeated is due to her years, prior to MMA, gaining invaluable fighting and competitive Olympic medalist experience in judo. And her mom was a world champion judoka to boot.
At 11-0 in MMA against women, Jesse Holley, and a million other guys, want to know if she’d be willing to fight a man. Given that she’s out of her league fighting other females (let’s assume, that highly touted, hard-hitting Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino won’t lose the 10 pounds to move from featherweight to bantam weight) so where, truly, does Rousey go from here? Does she fight with one arm tied behind her back? Blindfolded? Drunk?
Or is Laila Ali the one? She’s got the name, the fame, a 24-0 record as a boxer – but she’s also 37, hasn’t thrown a punch since 2007, and has NO MMA experience. Perhaps she was just teasing, saying she “could handle” Rousey. She’d be lucky to handle and carry Rousey’s purse straps.
The world has taken notice of Ronda’s “carrying” abilities. She “carried the card” of UFC 184, with her 14 second awesome act, and she’s even attracted people from out of this world - Hollywood types. She was Luna, a nightclub bouncer, in the movie Expendables 3.
While it may seem odd for a woman to chose a profession dedicated to knocking another’s block off, at least it’s real. There’s no playing cutesy here, pretending to be something you are not. MMA fighters aren’t like those outwardly beautiful models who talk of their real beauty being inner beauty. With MMA it’s like porn. You know what you want and hopefully you get it. After all, if men have the sporting right to render each other unconscious, causing concussions and cauliflower ears to boot, why should not women bust out and break opponents up?
For a lady in a violent sport, she’s capable of uttering sensible thoughts, when not guttering in trash talking. She opines, in that husky voice of hers, that fighting a man is not a good idea, not because she’s afraid but because the image of a guy smacking a girl in a sanctioned, well-publicized match, is not something (my words) all the loser, mal-adjusted guys, worldwide, should see.
Ronda wasn’t leery, however, of stepping outside of her comfort zone when it came to modeling. She accepted Sports Illustrated’s pitch to be a swimsuit model. In her eyes, this was healthy. Instead of a stick waif, or weirdly stacked woman showing off her starvation brought, or store bought, wares, Ronda modelled a clean, vibrant body-beautiful look. As she concluded: “Strong and Healthy is the new sexy.”
Much credit goes to her protein-high foods of eggs, fish, and meat.
Ronda readily admits, proudly, that size and strength did not account for her 14 second demolition of Cat Zingano. OK, we’ll bite: what did account for her overwhelming victory? During the weigh-in ceremony she looked zoned out. Focused. Don’t know if she heard the yells or whistles. So concentration had to account for part of her prowess. She then predicted “the most fantastic win you’ve ever seen...” – so perhaps a sixth sense helped power her along too.
But you’re a lover, not a fighter, a peace monger, not a war maker. You abhor violence and loathe MMA. Why should you give a hoot about Ronda? What makes her special, so transcendent of her sport? A couple of things come to mind. First, she’s showing young girls that they can do anything they put their minds too, and second, she’s showing little boys that girls are not inferior – and are to be taken seriously.
And if we adults are still capable of learning, and of setting biases aside, and are willing to watch a Rousey bout, we’ll figure it out: we can all, if not break barriers in our chosen paths, at least approach or surpass previous personal bests, if we try hard - and condition ourselves - prudently, persistently, and properly - to the tasks at hand...
Armbar or no...