“I just keep picturing in slow motion, me landing that one knockout punch. And her just falling and the ref just stopping it before I can even get another punch in. Just like, ‘She’s done! She’s done! Don’t hurt her anymore.’ Yeah, I just want to win by brutality.”
And we love it.
Since taking her Strikeforce title in March 2012 courtesy of an arm breaking (literally) armbar, the irascible and provocative Rousey has seen her star rise. She’s taken the UFC belt and has become virtually ubiquitous. You’ll see her in ads, features, magazines and even movie roles. She has become a bona-fide superstar and is the very face of women’s MMA.
If you’ve seen any footage of them on YouTube or in an ESPN studio, then you know that the tension is real between them and their coaches. You know this is especially true if you’ve seen them coach on Ultimate Fighter 18, where Rousey has challenged and chastised an icy Rousey in vulgar fashion on their entertaining reality TV hit.
But well before she stepped onto the set, Tate (13-4 mixed martial arts, 0-1 UFC) decided she wasn’t going to let her rival have the mental advantage. Instead, she seems to have a dismissive confidence, smiling and blowing kisses to Rousey (7-0, 1-0) in response.
Las Vegas isn’t buying it, installing the champion as much as a 10-1 favorite to retain her title in this long awaited rematch, and I think it’s warranted. Ronda Rousey is stronger and she’s meaner, even if she’s not as technically skilled as the former champ.
They will definitely bring out the serious bitch in each other, and I’ll personally be pulling for Tate. But either way, this is going to be a tremendous fight and great for any woman competing in MMA.