In MMA today, Ronda Rousey is generally recognized as the best combat fighter in the world. Competing in 12 fights in over five years, “Rowdy” has proven she is one of the best time and time again. To put into perspective just how good Rousey is, her last three fights have all ended in the first round. She defeated Alexis Davis in 16 seconds, Cat Zingano in 14 seconds, and Bethe Correia in 34 seconds. If one were to total those times of her last three fights up, Rousey only spent four seconds over a minute!
It seems Ronda Rousey doesn’t have anything else to prove that she is one of the best though some say she’ll never truly be the best until she actually defeats Cris Cyborg. Besides that, one must wonder how Rousey became so good in MMA. Apparently, Rousey provided such an answer in which she said her first “pro” MMA fights were in the streets of Los Angeles. Apparently, Rousey would fight boys on a bet just so she would have money to buy frappuccinos.
According to a report by FOX Sports, Ronda Rousey made it known in her younger years, she would engage in unsanctioned bouts (which technically made them street fights) against boys. Said boys would usually agree to the scrap, putting money on the line in which Rousey used for, as mentioned earlier, frappuccinos.
“Me and my friend Jackie, after school, we would walk over to the Promenade, and Jackie was like my Paul Heyman. She would be like, ‘I bet my girl right here could beat you up for $10.’ And then some guy would be like, ‘Ehh, whatever. I’ll take that bet.'”
If we were to summarize Ronda Rousey’s statement, she and her friend Jackie were the equivalent of WWE’s Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman. Heyman is currently recognized in sports entertainment as the most entertaining promo-cutter in the business today. Heyman is also known as the “advocate” for former UFC heavyweight fighter and current WWE superstar, Brock Lesnar. Currently in the wrestling promotion, Lesnar is being hyped as the most-dominant wrestler in its history.
If Jackie is Paul Heyman, does that make Ronda Rousey Brock Lesnar? The mold fits because she is considered by her fans, the Armbar Nation, as the most-dominant female in MMA. The only difference is that Rousey would beat her opponents with submissions, not an F-5 (Brock Lesnar’s finishing move in WWE).
“I would throw him to the ground, either give him a choke or an arm bar. We would get him to say he gave up, then take his money and go buy frappuccinos.”
Either people in the MMA community believes Ronda Rousey beat boys for frappaccino money or not, it does make for an interesting story. As a matter of fact, it was actually told in a video special by Sports Illustrated titled The Unbreakable Ronda Rousey.
And if Ronda Rousey beating up boys for frappaccino money is true, maybe that is why she has no fear in saying she can beat up other men in combat sports. Though most know of her squabble with Floyd “Money” Mayweather and how she says she can beat the undefeated boxing champion even in a fight under his own rules, Rousey actually said she can beat all the men in her weight class, as detailed by MMA Fighting.
“I never say that I’m incapable of beating anybody, because I don’t believe in putting limits on myself. So I mean, I would have to say if you’re just talking about what’s in the realm of possibility of what’s possible of who I could beat, well I could beat 100 percent of them. You can’t tell me that there’s a zero percent chance that I can beat anyone on the planet, so I’m never gonna say that.”
And on an added note, Ronda Rousey said she can beat the former UFC heavyweight champion, Cain Velasquez, as detailed by Yahoo! Sports. However, there is a big difference between Rousey fighting some schmuck boys on the street to professionally trained male MMA fighters. And though most of them will let Rousey’s words go, there is bound to be at least one guy to take what she says seriously. Isn’t that right Tank Abbott?
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