The critics were legion in the weeks before Ronda Rousey met Miesha Tate for the Strikeforce bantamweight title in March. Rousey was only 4-0 and had spent less than three full minutes in the cage when she landed the high-profile title shot.
And even after Rousey submitted Tate in the first-round with an arm bar that ended one of the year's most exciting fights and gave her the championship, there are still those who believe Rousey didn't deserve the opportunity to fight for the belt.
They argue it was her looks, her sassy personality and her penchant for self-promotion more than her fighting ability that landed her that shot.
As Rousey prepares to defend the belt against ex-champion Sarah Kaufman on Saturday at the Valley View Casino Center in a nationally televised bout on Showtime, Tate continues to be foremost among those who insist Rousey was given preferential treatment.
Rousey had won all four of her previous fights at featherweight. She dropped to bantamweight andRead More »from Ronda Rousey aims to quiet critics once again as she defends her title against Sarah Kaufman