"Iron" Ronda Rousey?
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White recently told Sports Illustrated that the type of fighters who fans want to see are those who go for the finish, which is on the opposite side of the spectrum for a big fella' like Roy Nelson, who feels it doesn't matter how victory is achieved.
Win ugly ... and fat.
It's safe to assume that "Rowdy" does not subscribe to the latter fight philosophy because she has piled up an unprecedented nine consecutive first round submission victories and looked mighty fine doing it, too. Indeed, the undefeated (9-0) UFC women's' Bantamweight champion has made no secret as to what her main objective is when she steps foot inside the cage:
Get in, win and out as fast as possible.
According to White, much like former boxing Hall of Fame champion and all-around intimidator, Mike Tyson, Rousey is the type of fighter who 90 perecent of the combat sports community want to see perform because they know that someone is going to be "executed."
"There are grinders. We got guys like Roy Nelson who say that all that matters is winning; doesn't matter how you win, just as long as you win. [But] I would say me and 90% of the fight community like people who are finishers. We were just talking before this interview about who? Mike Tyson. Why did everybody like Mike Tyson? Because he had fantastic boxing skills and loved to go the distance? No, because when you watched a Mike Tyson fight, you knew somebody was about to be executed. When Tyson would walk into an arena you would get goose bumps. As a fight fan those are the kind of fighters you like. And trust me when I tell you, Ronda Rousey is that person."
While she has yet to prove herself inside the Octagon, Rousey has paved the way for women to finally compete in the top proving ground in mixed martial arts (MMA) after dominating the Strikeforce Hexagon for the past two years.
She will finally have her day to justify her status as the female face of the UFC when she takes on Liz Carmouche at UFC 157 on Feb. 23, 2013, at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., in the historic, first-ever women's fight for the promotion.
Let's just hope there aren't any ear-biting incidents ... or hair pulling.