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Bellator 207’s Kimbel Leaves Rowdy Youth Behind

Bellator 207: “Mitrione vs. Bader” takes place this Friday night (Oct. 12, 2018) at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., featuring a semifinal match in the promotion’s Heavyweight Grand Prix between reigning Light Heavyweight champion, Ryan Bader (25-5), taking on Matt Mitrione (13-5) in the Paramount Network-televised main event.

Earlier in the night two up-and-coming Bantamweight hopefuls — Mike Kimbel (1-0) and Alex Potts (1-0) — will be on the hunt for the second win of their professional mixed martial arts (MMA) careers. However, only one of them has so far been given a “blue chip” designation by the Bellator MMA — Kimbel got the promotional push by performing a powerbomb on Bellator 194’s “Prelims” undercard and then pounding out the hapless Geoffrey Then with heavy hammerfists. The powerful performance was so impressive that Bellator immediately offered Kimbel a multi-fight deal.

That victory may have caught a few people by surprise because Kimbel was just 1-2 as an amateur, but he’ll have the chance to prove it wasn’t a fluke at the expense of Potts, who like his opponent earned a return date by winning his promotional debut. It’s early in both of their respective careers, but “somebody’s OH has got to go.”

MMAmania.com recently chatted with Kimbel about the attention he’s received since his professional debut, and how he’s coming to grips with people wanting to know so much about him.

“Well, I’m glad there’s not too much on the Internet about me! I mean yeah, I have a family and things like that, brothers and sisters and stuff, but you know the world doesn’t need to know everything, you know?”

His desire to separate his personal and professional life is understandable, but the personal details are often what connect fight fans to the fighters they like most. Once I asked Kimbel the reason (s) he got into the sport he started to open up a little more.

“I got into mixed martial arts because I kept getting in trouble for fighting. My mom finally had enough of it, and thought she was putting me into a Kung Fu or like a karate type of school, but it ended up being a mixed martial arts gym. Yeah, I loved to fight, I always had something in me that was drawn to combat.”

Jim Brown once famously opined that, “fighting isn’t what we thought it was” and that was a lesson young Kimbel learned once he started to go one on one with true professionals.

“I was getting taken down and they were doing all these moves that I saw Georges St-Pierre doing and Chuck Liddell, how he was doing the kickboxing stuff, I just fell in love with it and I haven’t looked back.”

From that point Kimbel wanted to excel in the sport and live out the dream of becoming a world class athlete. School yard fights had become a thing of the past.

“I always had a feeling inside of me like I wanted to be bigger than myself. I wanted something greater than myself. I would get these rushes, like tingles, butterflies through me just randomly thinking about greatness.”

Like so many other young men who turned to martial arts for discipline and guidance, Kimbel credits it for saving his life and putting him on the right path.

“I’m pretty sure if I wasn’t fighting, I don’t know where I would be. Hopefully I would be in the military serving my country, in special operations or something like that. I don’t know. I went into the gym, I figured, ‘Okay. I can do this, I can be good at this, I can be great at this’ and I just kept showing up every day. Here I am, 21 years old, doing it.”

And as evidenced by his performance at Bellator 194, he’s doing it in a really big way.

I asked Kimbel what surprised him more — seeing his pro debut being shared all over social media, or getting a multi-fight deal from Bellator immediately after his win.

“I was actually very surprised at the six-fight deal. Every fight I’ve had, every finish I’ve had its always been, ‘Wow! I didn’t expect it to be like that. Did you see what Mike just did?’ So it’s just the fact that a worldwide platform had caught eyes of it, you know what I mean? I wasn’t surprised that it went viral, because I knew the world would be watching. The world had seen many great great athletes and many great great mixed martial artists, and I know every time I step in there, everything I do is going to be, ‘Wow! Look at this kid!’ So I wasn’t surprised at that, but I was very surprised and I was grateful for the six fight opportunity. It’s a blessing. I’m grateful to be a part of this organization. I mean, that doesn’t happen! You don’t make your professional debut for the top organization in the world and then get signed.”

MMA promotions aren’t ranked like fighters so we can’t say who is (or isn’t) on top, but we can say that Mike Kimbel wants to get on top of Potts and dominate him at Bellator 207.

“Yeah, Alex Potts, the match-up for me … I’m ready for ALL of him. I’m ready for wrestlers, I’m ready for strikers, I’m ready for jiu-jitsu artists. I’m in the gym every day with no ego, constantly trying to learn something, constantly trying to apply something. I’m ready for him.”

If you weren’t already tempted to compare him to another young Bellator prospect, Kimbel just wants you to know this: He won’t fight scrubs and only tough opponents get love.

“I’ve seen (Potts) fight. He’s well rounded. Not for nothing, I might be the only fighter in the organization on the early come up who’s not fighting bums. I’ve never fought a bum in my life. Geoffrey Then had never been finished, and he was actually 1-1, I don’t know why they said he was 0-1, and he only lost in (Bellator) by a decision. I never fought a bum in my life and I’m not gonna start. Alex Potts is another good competitor, he comes to fight, he’s a natural wrestler but he likes to strike — he’s just an overall good fighter.”

Now at last you can say you know who Mike Kimbel is and why you want to see him fight at Bellator 207. He has that unique dichotomy of being both humble and cocky, exuding the aura of a star in the making. Let’s see if that star shines on Friday night.

Complete audio of our interview is embedded above, and complete coverage of “Mitrione vs. Bader” resides here at MMA Mania all week long.

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Ronda Rousey vs Amanda Nunes video: What’s next for ‘Rowdy’ after UFC 207 knockout loss?

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey, returned to the Octagon at the UFC 207 pay-per-view (PPV) event, which took place inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Dec, 30, 2016, losing in devastating fashion — a 48-second shellacking — at the heavy hands of women’s bantamweight champion, Amanda Nunes.

It was such a lopsided, shocking defeat that fans want to know where “Rowdy” goes from here (besides down in the rankings). She has numerous options, from acting to fighting, to retiring, to even transitioning to WWE; however, it is almost impossible to figure out in the immediate wake of such a public, high-profile beatdown.

The mixed martial arts (MMA) world, though, will wait with bated breath until she makes her next career move. In the meantime, her own mother is calling for her retirement from combat sports, so that she can leave the face-punching to the “stupid people.”

For more UFC 207 results and fallout click here.

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UFC 205: Michael Bisping crashes public restroom at MSG, rowdy crowd cheers – and records – the awkwardness

There is an expectation of privacy when nature calls, but that is compromised just a bit when public restrooms become overcrowded. That same expectation is compromised significantly when approximately 20,427 rabid — and likely drunk — mixed martial arts (MMA) fans descend on Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y., to witness history. And you can expect that expectation to be completely trashed if you happen to be a well-known and popular Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) champion who has to somehow carve a path through that sea of bloated bladders.

Michael Bisping had to do just that at some point during UFC 205 this past weekend (Sat., Nov. 12, 2016). “The Count” apparently had to take a wicked whiz between bouts — and his FOX Sports 1 broadcasting duties — and it did not go unnoticed. On the contrary, a throng of not-sober New York fight fans whipped out their phones and recorded UFC’s Middleweight champion as he parked and unzipped in front of the urinal. The crowd also broke into a chant, which Bisping seemed to soak up, even doing a little shimmy as he exited stage left.

There are all sorts of hidden “Jock Jitters” and “Stage Fright” innuendoes, but I can’t just understand how FOX Sports 1 does not have a private restroom … or at least a formidable escort to ensure one of its world champion’s survives the raucous public experience.

Priorities!

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Cris Cyborg wants Ronda Rousey at UFC 205 in New York — unless ‘Rowdy’ is too scared

Just a few hours after she explained why she wouldn’t call out Ronda Rousey … Cristiane Justino called out Ronda Rousey.

“Cyborg” made her Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debut by throttling Leslie Smith — at a catchweight of 140 pounds — on the UFC 198 pay-per-view (PPV) main card, which took place last Sat. night (May 14, 2016) in Curitiba, Brazil (watch the video replay here).

But that hasn’t changed her stance on the bantamweight division.

That means “Rowdy” would have to agree to a catchweight fight at UFC 205, penciled in for this November in Madison Square Garden, or move up to 145 pounds. Unfortunately, “Rowdy” is only willing to make those concessions for certain fighters.

And we still don’t know if or when the Olympian will ever come back to MMA.

If she does, expect more questions about fighting the Brazilian, right after she’s done answering all those questions about Holly Holm.

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Miesha Tate has ‘unfinished business’ with Ronda Rousey, wants ‘Rowdy’ fight after UFC 200

The UFC women’s bantamweight champion was a guest on FOX Sports Live on Weds. night (April 6, 2016) and she spoke about her UFC 200 matchup against Amanda Nunes and her arch rival, Ronda Rousey.

Miesha Tate was making the media rounds this week to promote her upcoming UFC 200 bout against Amanda Nunes. “Cupcake” was a guest host on “UFC Tonight,” where the news on the bout became official, and later she joined Dan O’ Toole and Jay Onrait on “FOX Sports Live” to discuss her first title defense and a few other topics.

Tate, 29, defeated Holly Holm at UFC 196 by rear-naked choke to win the UFC women’s bantamweight title at the beginning of March, and said she is excited to get right back in the Octagon for the historical UFC 200 card, which takes place on July 9, 2016 (details).

“I’m so excited that I get such a quick turn around,” Tate said. “There has been so many times in my career where it’s been eight-month layoff, nine-month layoff, six-month layoff. This is going to be a really quick turn around and I get to make my first title defense against what I feel is a very formidable opponent. She is on a four fight win streak. Not that many other girls in the division… I think the only other one who is on a real win streak is Julianna Pena. So she is a very dangerous opponent and she comes out with a ferocious pace. She has incredible leg kicks. She looks like she hits like a Mack truck and I believe she is a black belt on the ground. She presents a lot of problems, but that is good because I want a challenge and I want someone to recognize the skill set that she brings to this because when I beat her…”

“Cupcake” paused as Onrait jokingly suggested maybe she was heaping too much praise for her upcoming opponent. Tate just wanted to make it clear that the No. 4-ranked UFC women’s bantamweight is a worthy contender.

“She’s definitely not going to be an easy feat, but I want people to understand she is a very viable opponent,” she said. “I want to go out there and I want to show the world why I’m the best.”

As for a rematch with Holm not happening, Tate said, “it really boils down to that Holly wasn’t a long-reigning champion. She lost the belt in her first defense. It wasn’t like I was getting crushed on the feet or something that was an epic… She was edging me for sure. She edged me three out of the five rounds. The second round was a 10-8 on all three of the judges scorecards and I finished her in the fifth round. So it didn’t go to a decision, it didn’t end up in a tie and I finished the fight and I’m looking to fight someone new, someone that I haven’t beat yet. And I think Amanda, being on that win streak and having that momentum and that confidence. I think that says more, beating her, than it would beating Holly again.”

Of course, as with most Tate interviews, she was asked about her arch rival and former UFC women’s bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey. Tate had previously said in another interview that she believes Rousey has two fights left in her career. O’Toole asked whether or not Tate thinks one of them will be the trilogy fight between her and “Rowdy.”

“I sure hope so,” Tate said. “It’s gotta be. I feel like I have unfinished business there and I feel like I’ve finally hit the full balance of my career and I’m in a really good place right now. I’m training at Xtreme Couture. I have an amazing team behind me. Mentally, physically, emotionally, I’ve got all the check marks. I feel so good and so confident. And now you know, it’s like before you win the belt you always tell yourself, ‘I know I can win the belt. I think I can win the belt.’ But then when you win it it’s like, ‘I did it.’ It’s not just a thought anymore. I am capable of that. I’ve proven it to myself. I’ve proven it to the world. I’m going to do it again when I fight Amanda and then ideally I’d like to fight Ronda next.”



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Judo Olympic medalist talks Ronda Rousey’s $30,000 donation, ‘Rowdy’ vs. Bethe Correia

RIO DE JANEIRO — Ronda Rousey flew to Brazil to announce her UFC 190 bout with Bethe Correia for Aug. 1, and also had a surprise for a longtime friend.

Flavio Canto, an Olympic bronze medalist in judo and one of Rousey’s biggest idols from her judo days, created in 2003 a social project called “Instituto Reação,” where he teaches martial arts to needy children in Rio de Janeiro. Rousey, who visited the institute in 2014, decided to help him.

“That was a huge surprise,” said Canto, who received a $ 30,000 donation from the UFC bantamweight champion on March 21. “We were recording a story for my TV show with her and Rafael dos Anjos on Saturday and, when I told her I had one last question, she asked me to wait because she had a surprise for me.”

“She got up and came back with a big check,” he continued. “She auctioned the gloves she used on her last fight and said she had promised to give all the money to Reação. I started to sweat. I didn’t know what to say, how to thank her. It was a big surprise. I was emotional.”

Canto sees Rousey as the best pound-for-pound MMA fighter in the world, and doesn’t see anyone that could beat her today.

“I have a great relationship with Bethe. It’s a cliché to say that this is the fight of [Correia’s] life, but Ronda is a phenomenal athlete,” he said. “It’s hard for anyone to beat her. Bethe is undefeated so she has that confidence, the same kind that Chris Weidman has, but Ronda is the favorite against her or any other fighter in the world. Ronda is the number one pound for pound fighter in the world, including men.

“[Cris] Cyborg would be the toughest fight for her, no doubt about it,” he continued. “Cyborg can knock out Ronda or any other fighter, including men. But in her division, Ronda is the favorite against any other girl. I think Cyborg would have a chance of defeating Ronda or any man, but Ronda is the most dangerous fighter in the UFC today.”

So what should Correia do to dethrone Rousey at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro? A better question would be what Correia shouldn’t do against the UFC star.

“How can you lose a fight to Ronda without giving her any trouble? Do what Cat (Zigano) did,” Canto said. “She made a long list of mistakes.

“I lost a competition once and I would tell Cat exactly what my father told me that day. I was so aggressive, trying my best, but my opponent got like three or four yukos on me. When I left the mat, my father came to me and said ‘too much heart, but no head’. That’s exactly what Cat tried to do. She tried to grab and scramble with a world-class judoka.”

A black belt in judo and jiu-jitsu, Canto has a great relationship with Rousey, but wouldn’t be opposed to helping Correia for UFC 190.

“I used to train with good friends that were also opponents,” Canto said. “There was a guy that I fought all the time. One day, after one tournament, eh went to the gym and asked me how I got him on an armbar. My principles were more important to me, and I taught him how I did it. My coach was mad at me because I would eventually fight him again, but I didn’t care. Nothing can be more important than my principles. I never hid my game. I was always an open book.

“I wouldn’t root for anyone in a fight like that because Ronda is a friend, I have a great relationship with her from our judo days and I admire her, but I can’t say I wouldn’t help (Correia) because of my principles. Ronda would understand that. But working on (Correia’s) camp, I don’t have time for that. I don’t even think I have any technical knowledge in MMA for that, but I wouldn’t refuse to teach anyone anything.”

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‘Rowdy’ mom: Ronda Rousey holds a grudge against Cris Cyborg, will knock her down and break her arm

Snap, Crackle, OMFG.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey holds a grudge against former Strikeforce featherweight titleholder Cristiane Justino because the Brazilian said a bunch of mean things about the “Rowdy” Olympian (like this).

So if and when they ever do fight, Rousey is going to knock her down and break her arm.

That’s according to former Judo assassin and mother of the 135-pound queenpin, AnnMaria De Mars, who also explained to the gang at Submission Radio why her daughter would move up in weight for Gina Carano (more on that here), but not “Cyborg.”

Her words:

“I think the first time Ronda gets her hands on her she’s going to knock her down and break her arm. The reason she won’t [go up in weight] apparently is because Cris Cyborg has missed weight multiple times. So if you have her fight at 140, she’s going to show up at 145 or 150. So that’s the first thing. If she’s gonna miss 135, she can at least give Ronda 10 percent of the purse. And then secondly, she has kind of an inflated record, because if you look back at some of her matches, she’s fought woman who were 125 pounds and she’s 160. You know that’s like Ronda fighting her little sister and her saying ‘oh look at me, I’m so dominant’. So I’m not impressed with her record, and of course failing the drug test thing. I almost feel like that’s sort of like when you get a DUI. That’s probably not the only time you were driving drunk. So I’d say her whole record is under suspicion; certainly the one match she got caught at is under suspicion – not suspicion, it’s proven. And then there have been – you could look them up – several matches where she missed weight and was 20 pounds or more heavier than the other person. So under those conditions and going bragging [about] how dominant you are does not impress me. And the other thing is; I love Ronda, she’s a great person, she has many many wonderful qualities, but one thing about her is she holds a grudge, and she will break Cris Cyborg’s arm.”

It happens.

Rousey (11-0) already established that she’s willing to destroy a limb if it means getting the win — and a little bit of revenge in the process — having pretzel’d Miesha Tate in their first fight under the Strikeforce banner (see the grisly GIF here).

Though it should be noted that “Cupcake” doesn’t hit like a cement truck.

Regardless, we’re still several months away from any sort of talk about “Rousey vs. Cyborg,” as the Brazilian still has work to do in Invicta and needs to prove she can hit 135 pounds. Then again, if this fight can happen, I won’t rule anything out.

Fingers crossed!

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Video: ESPN’s Hannah Storm gets ‘In Focus’ with UFC champ ‘Rowdy’ Ronda Rousey

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s bantamweight champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey was a featured guest for the recent SportsCenter special “In Focus With Hannah Storm,” which goes beyond the nuts and bolts of standard mixed martial arts (MMA) interviews and revealed a softer side to the undefeated judoka. For more on the budding Hollywood actress including her potential Octagon return date click here.

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Rowdy Debut: Ronda Rousey Takes Down Liz Carmouche (Video)

UFC female bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will make her second defense this Saturday against Miesha Tate at UFC 168. But, before that goes down, catch Rousey battle Liz Carmouche in the Octagon debut of female MMA fighters.

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UFC 157 complete fighter breakdown, ‘Rowdy’ Ronda Rousey edition

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Former Olympic judoka and current women’s Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight Champion, Ronda Rousey, will scrap with 135-pound No. 1 female contender Liz Carmouche this Saturday (Feb. 23, 2013) in the UFC 157 main event, a pay-per-view (PPV) show that is set to take place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

After winning a bronze medal in judo during the Beijing Olympics, Rousey transitioned into mixed martial arts (MMA) soon afterward. She went on to win her first three amateur fights — all via first round armbar — before turning pro and then winning her first two bouts, again, via armbar.

“Rowdy” followed it up with two more armbar victories under the Strikeforce banner, earning her a shot at newly-crowned champion, Miesha Tate. Against Tate, Rousey went past the one-minute mark for the first time in her career; however, the result was the same, twisting the arm of “Cupcake” until she had no choice but to tap.

Next, Rousey faced Sarah Kaufman in her first title defense. After another armbar victory in less than one minute, it was clear that Rousey was destined for greater things than the fading promotion could offer. And UFC President Dana White agreed, creating a women’s bantamweight division and naming Rousey as its first-ever champion.

Does Rousey have the skills to continue dominating over top competition?

Let’s take a closer look:

Striking

Rousey’s entire professional career can be watched in approximately eight minutes and is quite an impressive display. However, Rousey spends most of those eight minutes twisting her opponents limbs in unpleasant ways, so there isn’t a lot of striking on display.

Opening up with her jab, Rousey will aggressively push forward flashing punches the whole way. Mostly doubling or tripling her jab, Rousey will occasionally throw a straight right hand. Aside from a single leg kick against Tate(which was promptly countered by a hard punch), this is the entire striking history of her professional career.

In each of her fights, Rousey’s striking’s only purpose is to get her to the clinch. In that regard, it has worked perfectly. However, she will eventually face an opponent who can nullify her clinch assault and she’ll have to stand up with them. If Rousey starts focusing on expanding her arsenal now, she’ll be ready when that happens.

Defensively, Rousey shows some big flaws. She doesn’t move her head or keep her hands high, which means there is basically nothing keeping her opponents from landing whenever they throw. Fortunately for her, she gets her opponent down before they can really capitalize on it, but it’s still a major issue.

Another flaw in Rousey’s guard is that she leads with her face. Rousey charges forward flashing an ineffective jab, which is followed closely by her face. In almost every fight, Rowsey eats a straight punch as she goes to latch onto her opponent. If Rousey moved her head as she advanced, or distracted her opponent with some serious strikes, than she wouldn’t get hit nearly as much.

Takedowns

As is expected for an Olympick judoka, Rousey has a seriously nasty clinch assault. In order to get her famous armbar, she first has to yank her opponent to the mat, and she is slick enough to do so.

Rousey’s most common way to drag her opponents to the mat is to grip her opponent and attack with a variety of chained clinch takedowns. Rousey seamlessly transitions between inside and outside trips, hip tosses, Russian arm drags, and ankle picks. Although her opponents know that she will try to take them down from the clinch, her wide spectrum of options still gives her the ability to keep her opponents guessing.

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One of the biggest reasons that Rousey’s clinch takedowns are so effective is that her opponents often are too aggressive in their movements. They either try to rush backwards or advance forward, going ballistic in fear of the takedown. This makes Rousey’s takedowns come much easier. Rushing forward opens up easy hip tosses, while hastily retreating opens up trips; Rousey just has to leave her foot out for her opponent to trip on.

Momentum is a major factor in takedowns. When her opponents run away or charge forward, they are giving up any base and balance they have and essentially giving Rousey an easy takedown. If her opponent remains more composed, then Rousey has to get more creative. This is where the world class Judo of Rousey shines, as she’ll completely manipulate how her opponent moves to set up a takedown by chaining her attacks.

An excellent example of Rousey’s takedown chaining and understanding of momentum is her takedown on Julia Budd. After pinning Budd to the cage, Rousey attempts an inside trip on “The Jewel’s” right leg before going for another inside trip on her left. Budd’s balance holds up, so Rousey attempts a hip toss. Budd’s only option is to lean backwards with all her might in the hopes that she can remain grounded. However, Rousey knows this, and masterfully hits the inside trip to the left leg that she attempted earlier. Since Budd was already leaning backwards, there was absolutely no way for her to stay standing.

If you have 40 seconds, I strongly recommend checking it out on YouTube — it’s an impressive takedown, followed by a brutal armbar.

Submission grappling

In addition to her fourth dan Judo black belt, Rousey has been training at Cesar Gracie’s gym, which has a host of excellent jiu-jitsu practitioners like Jake Shields and the Diaz brothers. While Rousey likely has a whole stockpile of submission attacks, so far the only one we’ve seen, the only one she’s needed, is the armbar.

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The first thing to note about Rousey’s armbar is that she constantly puts herself in position to finish it. Almost all of her takedowns have her landing in side control, a position that has plenty of armbar options itself. Normally, Rousey will advance to mount immediately after the fight his the ground.

Once she mounts her opponent, she will throw tiny ground and pound strikes as fast as she can. This causes her opponent to do one of two things: either roll over and give up her back, or try to block Rousey’s punches. If her opponent turtles, Rousey will dive onto an arm and finish. If her opponent attempts to block the punches, their arms are extended, and again, Rousey will snatch that arm and take it home.

This isn’t by accident, all of Rousey’s takedowns lead to her having control of her opponent’s arms and landing in a dominant position. In fact, the “Rowdy” one said so herself in an interview with Esquire magazine.

“It’s like I’m herding a person into a certain position. Say my endgame is an arm bar. I’m not gonna actually take you and put you there. What I’m going to do is convince you that it’s a good idea to move in the direction I want you to go. And I’m going to keep on funneling you down until you’ve been narrowed to the option of tap or not.”

Once Rousey has her opponent in an armbar, she does two things exceptionally well. Rousey’s ability to break her opponents grip is second to none, and her ability to rotate under an opponent who is stacking her from guard.

There are many ways to break an opponent’s grip, especially when finishing an armbar. The most common, and least efficient, is to simply pull as hard as possible. More often than not, this just gasses the attacker out and loosens up his attack.

Rousey, on the other hand, does it differently. Instead of pulling through the elbow, which is rather easy to defend, she wraps her arms around the wrist. Rather than pulling straight back, she leans to her side, which really allows her to extend her hips and create even more leverage. The most important part is her grip. Rousey threads her outside arm through her opponents and locks it in a rear naked choke grip, before yanking to the side, which really cranks the wrist and utterly destroys the grip when done right.

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The other important aspect of Rousey’s armbar is her ability to rotate from the bottom. Since her opponents know her plan, they invariably spend a lot of time practicing the defense. Because of this, a few of Rousey’s armbar attempts from top position have ended with her on her back still attempting to finish the fight.

Most times, this is the part where the fighter pulls really hard, gasses themselves out, and then gets punched repeatedly from top position. Rather than attempt this tried and failed method, Rousey rotates out from under her opponent and flips them back to the bottom.

The first thing Rousey will do is test her opponent’s grip. Once she is sure she cannot break it by force, she’ll reach under her opponents opposite leg and spin outside their legs. From there her opponents cannot stack her up, and she likes to grab their leg and sweep them back to the top position armbar before attempting a finish.

Unfortunately, no .GIFs of Rousey hitting this rotation are available, although she does it multiple times to Kaufman, a fight that can be found on youtube. Instead, here’s Vinny Magalhaes hitting the exact same movement.

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Other than Rousey’s armbar, there are a few important things about her ground game. Rousey has an excellent guard passing game, easily slipping through guards to get into her favorite position, mount. Even Miesha Tate, a fairly accomplished grappler, failed to hold Rousey in her full guard for more than a few seconds.

Rousey has also shown some impressive defensive grappling. When Tate took her back, Rousey kept her calm and slowly peeled Tate’s hooks off before escaping back to her feet.

Aggression

Rousey is one of the nastiest fighters in MMA, male or female. How many other fighters can claim that a third of their past opponents suffered a major dislocation because of their attacks? Rousey is merciless in her pursuit of the armbar and doesn’t think twice about shredding ligaments, which makes her equal parts dangerous and terrifying.

When Ronda fights, she never stops attacking. She immediately charges forward and is attempting takedowns the second she can grasp her opponent. While her aggressiveness does leave her open to shots on the feet, it is completely beneficial once the fight hits the mat. Rousey’s blistering assault is so quick that her opponents can defend it, they are too busy wondering how they ended up on their back and mounted in less than a minute.

There is a reason Rousey has won six fights in less than eight minutes. Most fighters are afraid to give up a dominant position like mount or back mount, but Rousey is bold enough to do it in every single fight. And, so far, it’s worked perfectly.

Best chance for success

Rousey’s game plan doesn’t need to be particularly complicated for this fight. In all honestly, Carmouche is a bit outmatched and the odds reflect it, with Rousey as a 12-1 favorite. Rousey needs to do what she always does, rush forward, clinch and drag Carmouche down to the mat, and then wrench her arm until she taps or the ref stops it.

The only recommendation I have for Rousey is that she spend two or three minutes striking with “GirlRilla.” She most likely doesn’t have to, but it would be a good idea for her to get a little more comfortable standing and try some new moves out. Carmouche isn’t a knockout artist, so it’s not that big of a risk.

Plus, there’s a certain Olympic wrestling silver medalist rising through the ranks that has the potential to shut down Rousey’s takedown game, so getting a bit more experience in the kickboxing can only help her prepare.

Will Rousey destroy another elbow or will Carmouche overcome the odds and dethrone the new champion?

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