It’s a wrap – Has Ronda Rousey retired an entire division?

It’s a wrap – Has Ronda Rousey retired an entire division?

17th Sep 2015

Gone in 64 seconds

There are a lot of things the average Joe could reasonably hope to accomplish in 64 seconds: a lap around the field, perhaps, or microwaving a Feaster’s burger; but winning three professional title fights in the UFC is not amongst those speedy feats, unless you’re Ronda Rousey. That’s exactly how long it took the current darling of combat sports to knock off, in order: Alexis Davis, Cat Zingano and Bethe Correia. Around twice a year, new opponents are hyped up in order to sell tickets and PPV buys to casual followers of the UFC, bookies refuse to offer anything but increasingly infinitesimal odds on Rousey adding another victim to her resumé and seasoned fight fans are left saying “I told you so”.

Holly Holm will be the next contender to step up to the plate, and reasons will be given as to why she could be the 1 in 12-1, but the overwhelming likelihood is that once the dust settles in Melbourne on the evening of the 15 th November; fans will be lauding another quick fire victory for Ronda and critics will be left bemoaning the fact that there is only one serious fighter in the entire women’s division.

The Tyson comparison

It’s no secret that ‘Iron’ Mike is a huge admirer of Rousey, and has already implied that the torch has been passed from one conquerer to another, stating that he “sees himself when he watches her fight”. Back in March, when Ronda was yet to embarrass Zingano in Rio, Dana White described her as the “female version of Mike Tyson”. It’s not hard to see why, at least when it comes to in-ring performance – the draw of sports will always be to watch freakishly talented athletes break boundaries and make light work of what everybody else makes look incredibly difficult and punishing.

What the future holds

Ronda’s attributes and remarkable success so far in her relatively young career, has offered her opportunity after opportunity outside of the UFC, and outside of MMA as a whole. Recently seen teaming up with Dwanye ‘The Rock’ Johnson at professional wrestling’s premier annual event, showing off her moves for FHM and even appearing on the big screen opposite the likes of Sly Stallone and Jason Statham in the most recent entry in the hugely successful, Expendables series.

Ronda has also expressed her love for both the world’s of Pokémon and Dragonball Z, and whilst bookies you probably offer fairly generous odds that her next career goal will be to become Pokémon champion, it’s clear that her broad range of interests exceed far beyond the mat and the training that comes with the demands of the UFC. As of today, the 28 year old California native stated that she absolutely does not see herself fighting into her 30’s, despite her UFC career currently being “unfinished.”

Your thoughts

Ronda’s dominance and stardom has been a consistent top news story in the world of MMA for the better part of a year, and it’s one that consistently sparks furious debate amongst fight fans around the world. Will her legacy be tainted by the supposed lack of competition and the perceived lack of quality in the women’s division? How long does the so-called Rowdy one have left in the UFC? Leave your point of view in the comments section below or get in touch with Made4Fighters via our Facebook page or @made4fighters.