August 18, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Ronda Rousey (black shorts) in the cage to start her fight against Sarah Kaufman (not pictured) during their Strikeforce MMA women's bantamweight title bout at the Valley View Casino Center. Rousey won in 54 seconds of the first round. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
She's a confident gal, that Ronda Rousey.
But hey, if you had six first round armbar submission victories in your first six professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fights, not to mention three amateur bouts with the same result to go along with a nice shiny belt to prove your dominance (not to mention an Olympic Bronze Medal), your confidence level would be through the roof, too.
The women's Strikeforce bantamweight champion has never been one to shy away from telling it like it truly is, either, as evidenced by her recent statement on "The MMA Hour," saying that should a bout between her and former women's featherweight titleholder, Cris Cyborg, ever comes to pass, it could be the biggest MMA fight of all time:
"I think if it was done right and it was done correctly, you could have people watching that fight that have never seen a single MMA fight before. Lots of them. I think it could be the biggest MMA fight of all-time. I'm serious. Think about it. Every MMA fan will watch, and a whole bunch of other people that aren't even the least bit interested in MMA would watch. That's the kind of demographic that fight could reach to that none of the men can right now."
Of course, though the bout between the two scrappy women would be a treat for everyone to see, there is still an issue of finding a comfortable weight for both to agree on.
Ronda says the fight should be contested at 135, the division where she reigns supreme, while "Cyborg" wants a catch-weight affair at 140 pounds. Neither is willing to budge at this moment and for her part, Rousey feels she has good reason:
"Cyborg has never had a fair fight. If you really look at it, she's had fights where she came in and outweighed the other girl by 12 pounds and then they still fought. This girl has a long history of cheating and using drugs, and coming in overweight, and no one's ever put their foot down ever about it. If we did a catch weight off 140, I 100 percent think she'd just come in overweight and be like, ‘Whatever, come fight me.' Want to know why? Because she's done it several times before. She has a track record of doing these things. This girl does things that are blatantly disrespectful to her opponents, over and over and over her whole career. Someone needs to put their foot down about it. So, yeah, I'm going to be the one that has to do it because I can."
"Rowdy" remains firm in her stance that despite her reluctance to drop the weight, "Cyborg" can do it, if she really wants to:
"If you can make 145 [pounds] while you're super juiced out, you can make 135 if you're clean."
"Cyborg" was stripped of her title and suspended by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) following her win over Hiroko Yamanaka earlier this year after a post-fight drug test revealed she tested positive for steroids, something many have accused her of over her fighting career.
The win was subsequently overturned to a "no contest."
Previously, Gina Carano taking on the aforementioned "Cyborg," which took place in 2009, was the biggest women's MMA fight to date, with Cris defeating the former "face of women's MMA" in the first round via brutal ground-and-pound attack.
There is no doubt that if a bout between Ronda and Cris does happen, it will be a doozy, perhaps even the biggest of all time. At least, according to one of the parties involved.
Anyone care to offer a rebuttal?