Ronda Rousey has decided to pick on the men, according to comments from UFC middleweight Uriah Hall from The Ultimate Fighter 17.
The New York Post reported on Friday that Hall became the first known male MMA fighter to feel the wrath of the armbar Rousey has used to end all seven of her fights in the first round.
The 185-pound Hall admitted he underestimated Rousey when he allowed her to slip on the armbar that has taken out competition like Miesha Tate, Sarah Kaufman, and, most recently, Liz Carmouche in the company’s first women’s bout at UFC 157.
“I said to myself, ‘I can get out of this,’” Hall told The NY Post. “Then she caught me and I was like, ‘Oh my God, this [expletive] is real.’”
Rousey applied the armbar during a visit to the TUF 17 set this past winter, Hall added, comparing the experience to “rolling with an anaconda or cat.”
“You can’t grab her and if you do grab her, you’re [expletive],” Hall joked, noting that the experience has led to a friendship and a newfound respect for the women’s MMA star. “Thank God they didn’t show that, because she totally kicked my ass.”
Hall has made the trip up the UFC ladder with two impressive victories on TUF 17 over Andy Enz and Adam Cella, the latter of which was a vicious knockout.
Cella took the loss rather hard in recent comments to Fightline. “I don’t know if I can say this, but Uriah’s a d*ck,” Cella said, explaining that the rising star “goes too hard” in training.
As for how Hall was on set during Cella’s time at the UFC house, Cella said, “He was always by himself. He never really came out of his room. He’d be out in the backyard. He was always by himself because nobody wanted to be around him.”
Cella continued: “He just said weird things which was kind of awkward. Which sucks because I kind of knew him from a kickboxing thing before.”
As for Rousey, she will take over as one of the coaches for The Ultimate Fighter 18 later this year, and will be the first women’s coach in the show’s history. At the end of the season, she’ll face the winner of an April bout between Miesha Tate and the unbeaten Cat Zingano.
Do you think you could get out of Ronda Rousey’s armbar? How do you think she would fare against a male fighter in the 135-pound division?
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