When Chris Weidman stepped into the cage for the first time opposite Anderson Silva, it was a big deal that he only had nine fights in his professional career. With that in mind, consider Ronda Rousey’s achievements in just eleven professional mma bouts. It’s beyond impressive.

Rousey captured her first title in Strikeforce and has retained it since joining the UFC. In total she has had seven title defenses. She’s done all of this in just over 25 minutes actual fight time. Even more impressive, she has only been outside of round 1 once, and that was against Miesha Tate. Every single fighter on her professional record is an accomplished, and respected fighter, there isn’t a single can.

Her aggression and efficiency inside the cage haven’t just proven that she is the best, it’s proven that she is something different entirely. Dana White commented in the post fight press conference, “we’ve entered Mike Tyson territory with Rousey.” White is known to exaggerate, as any promoter does, but this isn’t hyperbole. It’s true and, quite frankly, she may end up being bigger than Mike Tyson.

That may seem like an inflammatory statement, but Mike Tyson was one of the greatest, if not the greatest of all time in an already developed an existing sport. She’s done great things, but the greatest is that she has elevated the sport as a whole. If it wasn’t for Rousey, UFC 184 would not have been headlined by women. Women most likely wouldn’t even be in the UFC. Even though she has never fought in Invicta, she is also the reason why that promotion is able to exist.

Rousey has done all of this through her athletic ability, but also her work ethic. When she isn’t fighting or training, she is acting, modeling, or working promotional events for the UFC. A lot of fighters say they work harder than any of their opponents, but with Ronda it seems very real.

Fans and media are clamoring for her to fight Cyborg, and that fight will most likely happen, but Ronda should have the final say. According to Dana White, Rousey wants the fight, but Cyborg needs to make weight. I don’t think that’s too much to ask. People wanted to see Anderson Silva and G.S.P, and this fight should be viewed the same. Rousey has cleared out the division for sure, but that problem won’t be solved by having her fight someone that barely makes 145 lbs. It would be an immediate and short term fix, but the void would remain regardless of the outcome of that fight. Who can beat Ronda in the bantam weight division? It appears the answer to that is nobody.

Rousey is a fantastic representive for women, women’s mma, and the sport as a whole. She is working on movies in the off season, which is great for her, but also bringing the sport deeper into the main stream. It truly is the Ronda Rousey show, and we should be grateful to watch it.

About The Author

Michael Davis
Director, Business Development/Senior Staff Writer

Michael Davis is a seasoned professional in the world of finance. In recent years, he has worked for Fortune 500 companies and consulted at one of the largest hedge funds in the world. After working closely with a mixed martial arts management company, he realized he could apply his skills to the sport he loved. The culmination of his professional experience and passion for MMA have led him to his role as Senior Staff Writer and Director of Business Development at The MMA Corner.