UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey once again dominated at UFC 190 against her opponent, Bethe Correia. Going into the fight, MMA experts claimed that Bethe was Rousey’s toughest opponent to date. In fact, Bethe was undefeated, just like Ronda — yet even she couldn’t take out the dominant Rousey, as Ronda beat her in 34 seconds.
This fight was more personal the last few, as Bethe called out her family and brought up suicide when the world knew that Ronda’s father tragically took his own life some time ago. Rousey also lost a good friend in WWE Hall of Famer and legend “Rowdy” Roddy Piper just a day prior. Piper allowed Ronda to use the “Rowdy” name, and it was beautiful that she dedicated her fight to him.
Going into the fight, knowing all of this, it was not a shocker that she completely dominated once again.
After this fight the question was asked, who could beat Ronda Rousey? If Bethe was the best there was to offer in UFC, and Ronda beat her in 34 seconds, is there anyone left who can take on Ronda and give her a fight? In her last three fights, she has barely spent a minute combined in the octagon. That is legendary stuff. She’s barely getting touched before taking people out.
It’s not like UFC is throwing scrubs to her, either. It’s just that no one is on her level at this point in the UFC. The only person people are talking about that can do anything against Rousey at this point is Cris “Cyborg” Justino, a former Strikeforce Women’s Featherweight Champion and the current Invicta FC Featherweight Champion. Like Rousey, she has been successful. However, when Strikeforce decided to do drug testing to help cut out cheaters, Cyborg went down. It was rumored for some time that Cris has used steroids to gain an edge.
It was finally proven when she tested positive for an anabolic steroid in January of 2012. As a result, the win in her last fight was changed to a “no decision.” She was then fined $2,500 and had her license suspended for a year. She then returned to fighting in July of 2013, after signing a deal with Invicta FC in February of the same year. This is where she has been since.
It has been said that Rousey in some ways ducked Cyborg back in her Strikeforce days. However, not as much as one would think. Cyborg initially cut her weight down to Bantamweight in order to fight Rousey, but Zuffa (owners of UFC) bought out Strikeforce before this fight could ever happen. Once UFC adopted the Women’s Bantamweight Division, Rousey began fighting and became the star we see today.
Strikeforce was bought out by Zuffa in January of 2013, nearly a year after Cyborg tested positive for steroids. She could return to fighting in February. However, she chose to not to go to the UFC, but rather go to Invicta FC. Ronda Rousey has said time and again that she will fight Cris Cyborg if she cuts her weight down to perform in Bantamweight. She also demanded she do drug testing.
This is not a tough thing to do, but has yet to be done. In a way, she’s Rousey’s “Sting.”
So really, who is ducking who?
Ronda Rousey has begun to hit legendary status. We look at her and think, is there anyone that can take her down? She’s 12-0 in her MMA career. She has yet to be beaten in MMA competition. One would imagine that eventually someone would come along to take her down, yet that person has not come.
It is easy to relate her to WWE’s the Undertaker. At WrestleMania each year, The Deadman would walk in and win his match.
For wrestling fans, three things became fact that could not be denied. Death, Taxes, and Undertaker winning at WrestleMania.
This wasn’t a discussion. We all knew he was going to win — but then a man finally came along to beat him. We know him as Brock Lesnar. It was shocking, but before this, Undertaker fought some of the greatest of all time. He fought several WWE Hall of Famers like Edge, Jake Roberts, Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels, and Jimmy Snuka on the grandest stage of them all. All had wonderful careers, but never beat the legendary Undertaker at WrestleMania.
Like with Ronda Rousey, Undertaker has fought the same opponent and beaten them on multiple occasions at WrestleMania. He fought Triple H three times, and Shawn Michaels twice. He has also faced his kayfabe brother, Kane, twice.
His winning streak at WrestleMania was something that no one was capable of pulling off before and probably won’t ever again. Right now, what Ronda Rousey is doing is unmatched. She might be UFC’s version of the Undertaker. She is almost immortal in the octagon. She walks in and walks out the same. Again, in her last three fights, she has spent a minute of total time in the octagon. How many people can say that?
Some say that Anderson Silva was the UFC’s version of The Undertaker. However, this is not the case if you look at Silva’s record. Rousey is undefeated over her entire MMA career. Silva lost a bit before he came to the UFC. However, as far as UFC goes, he certainly could be compared. However, Ronda Rousey and her unblemished record is a bit more impressive. Although, arguably Silva fought better competition than what Rousey sees on a normal basis.
The issue is, this is not Ronda Rousey’s fault. She takes anyone UFC gives her. She just agreed to go to Brazil and fight someone from the area, and still beat her in 34 seconds. She has mentioned in the past that she will take on anyone UFC wants to give her on a 24 hour notice.
When you go out there and beat people the way she does, what is left?
Alexander the Great conquered most of the eastern world. He once looked out and wept, realizing there were no more worlds to conquer. Has Ronda Rousey reached this sort of status, and has nothing more to prove? Her next opponent on deck that makes the most sense is Meisha Tate, of whom Ronda already beat twice. However, she has been one of the few to give her a good fight.
At least with The Undertaker, you knew that WWE was making a storyline with a predetermined outcome. With Ronda Rousey, it’s all real, and she is beating everyone with no real work. She’s only 28, in the prime of her career. Like Alexander, she is young and on top of her profession, and there is nothing left to do or prove in MMA. Few fighters in history have reached this point.
What will continue to drive her? Eventually, the only people who will make sense will be male. It is doubtful the UFC ever allows this. Ronda Rousey is simply too dominant at this point. Every UFC event, her WrestleMania, she goes out and wins, just like The Undertaker. Everyone will step up to beat the streak, but no one seems to be capable. One day, there might be that one girl that comes around who can beat Rousey. However, that day does not seem to be coming any time soon — if it ever does.
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