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Rhonda's World Class Takedown Reversals | UFC 168

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Rhonda outclassed Miesha Tate in their rematch with some of the best judo I've ever seen; and kudos to Misha for attempting to do something unpredictable against the rowdy one.

While most girls have attempted the "keep her at a distance and under no circumstances clinch with her" strategy against Rhonda (for obvious reasons) Miesha instead attempted to "beat her at her own game" by testing her wrestling against Rhonda's Judo, presumably to to ground and pound her.

What followed were some of the most impressive redirective throws I've seen in grappling, and easily the best reversals I've seen within the UFC.

Many (not all) of the wrestlers in the UFC use strength & explosiveness over finesse and timing, and, as a lover of martial arts concepts such as "technique beats power" I often am more impressed by fighters able to time or redirect an attack to their advantage, using their opponent's momentum against them.

Rhonda, however, was in a category all on her own with this fight.

With every wrestling attempt Miesha made it would look like she was just about to get the throw and, at the last possible second Rhonda would reverse it, and land in a dominant position.

Also, we had our "cardio questions" answered (somewhat) as this was Rhonda's first fight to make it out of the first round.

Rhonda dominated every round decisively, and ultimately got her armbar in round three.

Her victory was soured somewhat by her refusal to shake Tate's proffered hand after the bout, stating that due to what Tate had done to Rhonda's family, she felt she would be disrespecting her family if she accepted the offering of bygones (or at least respect for a well fought fight)

The crowd turned on Rhonda for this move, but, ultimately the physical martial arts she demonstrated were a thing of beauty, even if some found her mental martial arts in need of development.

This fight is a must-see for anyone wanting to develop takedown reversals.

As a last note, my thoughts and wishes for a speedy recovery are with the Silva family, and many thanks to Anderson for an amazing career.



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