For UFC female bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, defending her title twice in the span of two months is a blessing.
Rousey faces Sara McMann Saturday night in the main event of UFC 170. Back in December, she defeated Miesha Tate via third round armbar.
That was the first time in her career Rousey had been pushed out of the first round.
Now, with another training camp under her, the Olympic bronze medalist believes she is in perfect condition.
“I almost feel like I’ve had two training camps in a row for this fight,” said Rousey, during the pre-fight press conference on Thursday. “This was the best camp I’ve ever had. This camp, I started in the best shape of my life.
“The best performances I’ve ever had have been when I’ve had my fastest turnarounds.”
A quick look at Rousey’s fighting resume shows that she competed four times between March and November 2011, and had fights in March and August of 2012.
After that, though, she was idle until February 2013 when she defeated Liz Carmouche, before being forced to wait until December to face Tate after a stint on The Ultimate Fighter.
Rousey also feels the Olympic-level athlete of McMann will bring out the best in her. McMann was a silver medalist in wrestling.
“I fight better when I have higher-level competition,” she said. “It’s the same way with sparring. That comes with being an Olympic athlete. You are raised to rise to the occasion.”
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