Is Ronda Rousey the most dominant athlete alive?
If you believe Business Insider, then the answer is yes, as the website placed Ronda Rousey at the top of it’s “50 Most Dominant Athletes Alive” list. Rousey came in ahead of No. 2-ranked LeBron James, No. 3-ranked Serena Williams, and No. 4-ranked Cristiano Ronaldo. Usain Bolt rounded out the top five.
Rousey is the title holder in the women’s bantamweight division of the UFC, and she’s currently MMA’s biggest star. Rousey is 11-0 in MMA and most recently defeated Cat Zingano in just 14 seconds, using an armbar to win by submission.
Before Rousey began fighting in the UFC, she was a member of the Strikeforce outfit, where she was the last woman to hold the bantamweight title.
Ronda Rousey got her athletic start in judo, and while representing the United States, became the first American woman to win an Olympic gold medal. She won bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
The Business Insider “Top 50” list gives a short blurb about why each athlete was chosen for their respective rankings. Here’s what the website had to say about naming Ronda Rousey the most dominant athlete alive.
“No athlete is the best in their sport by a wider margin than Rousey. Her two wins in the past year have lasted an average of 15 seconds. The UFC made her its first female fighter ever. In her five UFC fights, only one opponent has made it out of the first round without getting knocked out of submission. She’s not just undefeated; she’s effectively untouched.”
The Business Insider “Top 50” list was released on Tuesday.
In recent months, Rousey been busy and has found her way into the media for a plethora of reasons. As reported by the Inquisitr, Rousey made an appearance in the movie Furious 7, she appeared at Wrestlemania 31, and she found herself at odds with Walmart after the superstore announced that it wouldn’t sell her autobiography because Rousey is “too violent.”
Rousey also has a tendency to come up in just about every conversation remotely related to fighting. At the end of March, Laila Ali declared that she would be able to defeat Rousey in a fight, and ahead of the Pacquaio-Mayweather fight, Manny Pacquaio said that Rousey would be able to defeat Floyd Mayweather Jr. rather easily in an MMA fight.
Despite all the talk, any fights between Ronda Rousey and other athletes are, at this point, purely hypothetical. Rousey’s already been scheduled for her next fight, where she’ll face Beth Correia Aug. 1 at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro. Ronda will take Beth on during UFC 190.
Do you think Ronda Rousey is the most dominant athlete alive? Why or why not? Who would you rank ahead of Ronda Rousey?
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