During Wednesday’s UFC 184 media workouts, bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey (pictured) had “The Best In The World” written on her hand tape. After what Rousey did to Cat Zingano, who Rousey previously touted as the toughest test of her MMA career, it’s hard to debate.
It took Rousey all of 14 seconds to dispose of Zingano on Saturday. That tied a UFC record for quickest submission and set the bar for fastest finish in a UFC championship affair.
The 28-year-old now owns an unblemished 11-0 professional record, finishing off all of her victims before the final horn. To further spotlight Rosuey’s dominance, her total fight time is 24 minutes and 41 seconds through 11 outings.
Only Miesha Tate has taken her beyond the opening round, but ultimately got polished off by Rousey’s trademark armbar in the third period at UFC 168.
In every promo featuring Rousey, UFC president Dana White starts off with, “She’s mean. She’s nasty…” Fact of the matter is, she’s far too good and she simply has no peers.
She unquestionably has a strangle hold on the biggest gap from champ to challengers on the UFC roster. Rousey has already demolished every top five 135-pounder, and she’s taken care of Tate twice.
Is #6 ranked Jessica Eye next having gone just 1-1 (1 NC) over her past three fights? Undefeated Bethe Correia is rated right behind Eye, but hasn’t beaten anyone in the top 10.
Holly Holm made her anticipated UFC debut Saturday with a less than spectacular split decision victory over 5-1 underdog Raquel Pennington. The former boxer clearly isn’t ready for the heat Rousey will bring.
And then there was one. Invicta featherweight champ Cris “Cyborg” Justino is the only woman live most pundits believe can give Rousey a run for her money. In fact, many are convinced the Brazilian would plaster Rousey and that’s why UFC brass aren’t going out of their way to sign someone who would destroy their golden girl.
The primary problem is Justino has never fought at 135 pounds. She promises to make her first attempt at bantamweight before year’s end.
Regardless, Rousey won’t wait to see if Justino can make weight. The “Rowdy” hoopla train has left the station and is preparing to lap the field.