Another fight, another title defense, another absolute decimation; at UFC 190 this past weekend UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey defended her title for the sixth time with ease.

Heading into the bout, very few viewed Bethe Correia as a threat and Rousey drove that fact home. Rather than utilizing her incredible Judo skills, Rousey instead elected to beat Correia at her own game. While it wasn’t the most brilliant display of technical ability, Rousey showed the world that power is the real deal; knocking Correia out in just 34 seconds.

This was Rousey’s third consecutive title defense in under a minute. At UFC 175, she knocked out Alexis Davis in 16 seconds. At UFC 184, she submitted Cat Zingano with her patented armbar in just 14 seconds. With her 34 second destruction of Correia at UFC 190, Rousey’s last three Octagon appearances have lasted a total of 64 seconds.

Rousey is simply the most dominant fighter in MMA today regardless of gender and it becoming very apparent that no one in women’s MMA is her equal. But there are many that believe that is simply not the case and that Invicta FC featherweight champion, Cristiane Justino, could not only challenge but defeat Rousey in the cage.

The two parties have been going back and forth for years now in the media through interviews and directly on social media. If and when these two do step in a cage with one another, it will easily be the biggest fight in women’s MMA history and one of the biggest fights in MMA history period.

But we are a long way off from seeing a potential Rousey vs. Justino showdown. The biggest holdup for this super fight is the fact that Rousey and Justino compete in different weight classes. Catchweight fights in general are rarely ever the best solution given the fact that titles are not on the line. This issue alone is going to delay this bout and may ultimately prevent it from ever happening.

Because of the magnitude of this matchup and the potential money at stake eventually, it will come together – let’s just hope it doesn’t take as long as the super fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. Sooner or later one of them with make a concession on the weight class issue and this fight will get done. And win it does it will be glorious.

While there are many out there who believe Justino has the tools to derail the freight train that is Rousey, the facts point to a different outcome.

Striking

Over the course of her career, Rousey’s striking has gotten better. At UFC 190, we saw that while she still lacks some technical proficiency she has more than enough power behind her punches to turn someone’s lights out. But with that said, Justino has a ferocious style of Muay Thai that is both overwhelming and devastating. As Rousey continues to evolve, she could narrow the gap but as it stands right now, Justino would have a significant advantage on the feet.

Advantage : Justino

Grappling

Justino may be a BJJ brown belt under one of the most accomplished grapplers in the world in Andre Galvao, but she simply wouldn’t stand a chance against Rousey in a grappling exchange. Rousey’s judo game is simply too good and she has been training so long that she can execute the techniques without thought. Justino likes to work the clinch because of her Muay Thai and that would lead to her being tossed on her head.

Advantage: Rousey

Submissions

Again, the ground is Rousey’s world and even though Justino is an accomplished grappler in her own right, Rousey’s technique and skill would be too much to contend with. Rousey’s a specialist on the ground and she her years of international judo experience make her overwhelmingly dangerous on the ground.

Advantage: Rousey

X-Factors

If this fight were to happen, the biggest X-factor for Justino would be her power. Even though Rousey has faced tougher competition over the course of her career, she has never had her jaw tested. Justino would have the skills to land and her power could conceivably change the complexion of their fight.

For Rousey, her biggest X-Factor heading into this showdown would be her ability to evolve and improve. The Rousey you see from one fight to the next is always better; which is truly scary because she is already so dominant. Because of her tireless work ethic and her desire to be the best, Rousey is continually getting better and that makes her hard to prepare for because her opponents never know just how much she has improved.

Verdict

This would be a great fight and hopefully we will get to witness it while Rousey and Justino are both still in the primes of their respective careers. But as dangerous as Justino has looked over the course of her career she has never been as truly dominant as Rousey has been. Factor in that Rousey has consistently faced better competition while being utterly dominant and you could easily see it getting ugly for Justino early.

Justino would test Rousey early in the striking exchanges but ultimately Justino would look to clinch and Rousey would turn the tables by tossing her to the mat. Once on the ground, it would only be a matter of time before Rousey secured her famous armbar.

Prediction: Ronda Rousey via submission, Round 1.

About The Author

RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.