Ronda Rousey has just four fights in her MMA career, and not one has lasted over a minute. But that record has reportedly earned her a title shot. She is expected to take on Strikeforce bantamweight champ Miesha Tate at a Strikeforce event in early March.
After Rousey submitted Julia Budd in November, she asked for the fight with Tate. The two sparred over Twitter and during a fascinating interview with MMA Fighting. Tate believed Rousey was trying to talk her way into a title fight.
Now, that's what she has done, but she's hardly the first fighter to talk her way into a title shot, or who has earned it after a short record. Brock Lesnar was 2-1 when he beat Randy Couture for the UFC heavyweight title. Mo Lawal pestered the Strikeforce brass for a title shot, and he got it in his seventh pro bout.
What those two men and Rousey have in common is an extensive competitive background before MMA. Lesnar played pro football, was a pro wrestler and a decorated collegiate wrestler. Lawal wrestled at the international level before stepping in the cage. Rousey is an Olympic medalist in judo.
So yes, she has not yet proved that she can do anything but her trademark armbar, but so what? Tate will have a clear, definite path to show if Rousey belongs in the cage with her.
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