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According to a Jan. 22 post from Bloody Elbow, UFC bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey (9-0) knows gruesome leg breaks are just part of the MMA game, so she sees no reason to freak out about them.

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Rousey, 26, was in attendance at UFC 168, when former UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva suffered a horrific leg break during his fight with Chris Weidman.

The star judoka admits it was tough to watch Silva go down like that, but she understands horrible injuries happen in every sport.

"Stuff like that is bound to happen," Rousey said at a recent media event to promote her UFC 170 fight against Sara McMann. "Like (UFC President) Dana (White) said, those exact injuries happen in basketball. … Regardless of what you’re doing, there’s going to be inherent risk involved. Inherent risk in a kick is not anywhere near something like gymnastics, or judo, or football. In judo, we’ve had several deaths and people getting paralyzed from getting their necks broken.

"It’s just unfortunate that it happened at all. But I don’t think it’s bad for the sport. It’s bound to happen – it’s part of what we do. We just have to accept it for what it is and keep rolling.

"Like the first time I tapped Miesha, I moved the way I did so I could punch her in the face if she didn't tap. I wasn't checking on her arm. It's calculated. Her arm dislocated a little on the first attempt and that's how she got out. You get a little more range of motion when you dislocate a joint. It's problem solving."

Rousey, who fights Sara McMann on Feb. 22 in the main event of UFC 170, is one of the many female fighters who will be competing in the months ahead.

In Rousey's honor, here's a look at ten must-see women's MMA fights scheduled for 2014.


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