Great fighters, like great athletes in general, are constantly on the lookout for ways to improve by taking a humble enough approach to their chosen endeavor to accept other people possess knowledge exceeding their own in certain areas. Strikeforce bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey is no different, accepting she still has a lot of room to grow even if she’s unbeaten with five opening round Armbars to her credit.
To help foster her evolution as a Mixed Martial Artist it appears Rousey will be enlisting one of the sport’s best next month when she heads to Stockton to train with Cesar Gracie’s camp.
“I’m going up there from the 3rd to the 16th and it’s going to be the first time ever since I started doing MMA that I’m going to be training for an actual extended period of time away from my core camp, who I’ve always been with,” said Rousey in an interview with MMAWeekly Radio. “When I did judo I used to go around all the time, like every month or so I would go away for a week or two weeks to go train somewhere else.”
“For some reason it’s something I never did in MMA, so they invited me to come train up there, and they’re good at a bunch of things that I need to work on so I’m super excited,” the 25-year old continued. “It’s going to be the first time I’m training away from home in a long time.”
Rousey spent a brief period working with Gracie’s team, a squad featuring top-level athletes like Nick Diaz and Jake Shields, prior to her title-winning fight with Miesha Tate earlier this month. Now, having seen the benefits of the experience, it appears her visit in April won’t be the last time she soaks up knowledge in Gracie’s gym, as Rousey added that she plans on making it a regular stop in her training from this point forward.
No word has surfaced as to when Rousey might see action next though her upcoming opponent seems to be set in stone – Sarah Kaufman.
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