Ronda Rousey has done what no other mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter -- man or woman -- has ever done in the history of the sport. And that's win every single fight via armbar submission.
The undefeated (8-0, 2-0 UFC) Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's bantamweight champion, obviously, prefers to let most of the action take place on the ground, which Rousey makes happen with the help of her Olympic-level judo skills.
But according to her trainer, Edmond Tarverdyan, "Rowdy" isn't all jiu-jitsu and Judo. As a matter of fact, the confident coach say fight fans will see that on Feb. 22, 2014, as he predicts that Ronda will defeat Sara McMann via knockout at UFC 170 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
His words from a recent appearance on "The MMA Hour:"
"Ronda wrestles. Ronda has been wearing a judo gi for a long time. She's an athlete, shes been wrestling with the best wrestlers in the world. She's in the gym, we're working with her, she's awesome. It doesn't matter, it's not going to be a classic wrestling versus judo match, for sure. Ronda could out-wrestle Sara and everybody will witness that. If it stays on the feet, I think Ronda is way way better than, I'll be honest, all of them (UFC female fighters) combined. They go in with their heads down and they swing for the fences. It's a bit hard, if it's a boxing match, I would have her stay on the jab and stay focused, field the distance and then start catching them. It's not a boxing match, they go out there and start swinging their hands. Even Miesha (Tate) you saw when she connected. The camera didn't even catch it because they were recording it from top to bottom. She nailed Ronda with a nice right hand. And it's good that she admitted that she got hurt with that right hand. Ronda's stand-up is great, her ground, we're not even going to talk about it, she's better in the wrestling. She's not just a judo player that only does judo, so I don't know what they're thinking. But, whatever."
His prediction for the fight:
"I'm thinking a knockout. I think she knocks out Sara McMann."
Getting the knockout victory is one thing, but out-wrestling a 2004 Olympic silver medalist in that discipline, however, will be easier said than done.
Nevertheless, Edmond is confident fight fans will witness "Rowdy" getting her ninth straight win in "Sin City," but it won't be via armbar. But, as they say, all the talking and predictions go out the window once the cage door slams shut.
What say you Maniacs, can the champ earn her first-ever knockout victory in MMA? Or should she just stick to her bread and butter to secure the win?