Bantamweight Ronda Rousey has fought nine times in her career including three amateur tilts and in each contest she’s exited with her hand raised as the result of an Armbar in the opening round of action. Though clearly dominant, the UFC’s first female champion’s overall skillset has been called into question numerous times before based on her reliance on the technique.
Granted, the argument is akin to faulting Mike Tyson for knocking his foes flat as fast as possible, but nonetheless it exists. Fortunately, Rousey recently made it clear to Fuel TV she isn’t interested in placating to critics’ demands and will gladly take a victory any way she can score it when it comes to her UFC 157 fight with Liz Carmouche.
“The only pressure I feel is the pressure I put on myself to win. It’s my own safety at hand. If it affects other people, whatever…I’ll do my best but I’ll do my best for myself.”
“I’m gonna try to win with whatever works. If it’s quick and efficient, that’s what I’m gonna go for. I don’t feel the need to go out of my way for other peoples’ criticisms because there’s always going to be criticism no matter what I do.”
“I don’t like holding the belt beforehand. I don’t like feeling like I somehow have an advantage walking in there, because we start at zero. It doesn’t matter what anyone called me walking in, once they close the door we’re the same. I don’t like holding the belt until after I win it.”
Check out the complete interview with Rousey below:
SOURCE: Fuel TV
PHOTO CREDIT: UFC