At this stage in Ronda Rousey’s (pictured) already-illustrious career, the biggest question seems to be whether she talks the talk or walks the walk better.
Rousey has no peers, and she knows it. Her stranglehold on the UFC women’s bantamweight division is stronger than any other UFC champion has on their weight class. And it’s not even close.
That’s why Rousey says whatever she wants, because she does exactly what she says inside the cage. She never bites her tongue outside of the octagon, because she pulls no punches in it.
That’s why when Rousey claimed on Monday’s UFC 190 conference call that she was going to make opponent Bethe Correia “pay in blood” for her previous comments about suicide, and that she wanted to intentionally prolong Saturday’s fight in order to inflict more punishment on the chatty Correia, nobody in the media batted an eye.
Rousey is arguably the most dominant champion that UFC has ever had, and the “Rowdy” one has only gotten more devastating each time she takes center stage. Sara McMann, the decorated wrestler who was supposed to match Rousey’s strength and grappling game? TKO’d in 66 seconds.
Alexis Davis, who rattled off five consecutive wins to earn the next crack at Rousey? Knocked out in 16 ticks.
Cat Zingano was supposed to be the “toughest test” of Rousey’s career was then disposed of in merely 14 Mississippis.
Which leads us to Correia, who finally gets a shot at Rousey after calling the champ out for the past couple of years.
Be careful what you wish for, Bethe. Rousey is currently pegged as a whopping 17-1 odds-on favorite to blast the Brazilian in front of her own hometown. If that line holds, Rousey will be the biggest favorite in UFC history.
If Rousey does what she’s supposed to do, and what she’s promised to do, Miesha Tate is next … again. Granted, Tate is the only woman alive to take Rousey beyond the first round through 11 professional fights, but the outcome of their second clash was ultimately the same as their first – armbar submission, belt wrapped around Rousey’s waist, thanks for watching (and listening).