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Rowdy Ronda’s fan club is growing: Female MMA fighter profile
Move over, Gina Carano. Rowdy Ronda Rousey wants to be the new face of Women's MMA.
She's not shy about her aspirations and this girl is HOT! Not only can she fight - with credentials backing her up that even UFC President Dana White wouldn't dispute, but she's funny, cuddly, girlfriend cute and an all-American California girl.
In a video produced by MMASavvy, Ronda said, "What Women's MMA needs right now is a new face to it. Gina Carano used to play that role, but she hasn't fought for two years. We need someone actively competing that they can see fight. Not watch the same highlight reels over and over."
With her professional win streak at three finishes by armbar in less than one minute of the first round, Ronda is dangerous. As Juicelee777ssj cautioned underneath a video showing Ronda judo throwing Aaron Tru, the reporter who was interviewing her, "do not sleep on judo people… it takes almost nothing to get thrown into next year".
Ronda is 24 years of age and fights in the same weight class as Cyborg Santos (145 lbs). People are speculating that Cyborg is next for Ronda. That would seem early to me considering that Ronda's first professional MMA bout was in March of 2011. Her first amateur fight was in August 2010. Three amateur fights plus three professional fights - all finished with an armbar - in less than one minute of round one.
Before Ronda faces Cyborg, I'd like to see her face an opponent who keeps her arms tucked in close to avoid Ronda's flying armbar technique. Let's see how Ronda handles stand-up exchanges. I'd like to see her test herself before she faces the beast in Cyborg. What a fight that will be. Fairy tale princess who can bang vs. Dragon Queen.
As you can probably tell, Ronda has captured my imagination. She's working hard to make sure she captures yours as well. There are several videos online showing off Ronda's assets - her looks, her charm and her ability to make people laugh. She's the kind of girl guys (and girls) like to hang around with.
Sudo21, another person leaving a comment underneath Aaron Tru's video with Ronda said, "She's cute, well spoken, olympic medalist and most importantly can fight. She could be good representative for woman's MMA. More girls like her (skill wise), and woman's division could get really interesting."
More Faces of Women's MMA
Lacey Neher of realwomenandmensmma.com noted the buzz around the next new face. She disagrees with the push to find one face to represent women in MMA. She decided to take action. I spoke to her about why she made her video.
"I was inspired to create the Real Face of Women's MMA video after seeing various interviews with female fighters where the media was asking if they could see themselves stepping into the 'Face of the WMMA' role. It annoyed me. Why must we have one face to represent women's MMA? You never hear about a face of Men's MMA. So, I made the video to tell all those people who want to pick A face, that every female fighter whether ammy or pro, past, present, or future IS the face of the WMMA. I'm hoping the whole pigeonholing one fighter in that role ends and soon.
Over a period of six minutes, 500 female fighters' photos rotate through the video offering a look at the variety of women currently training and competing in MMA.
Lacey added, "I love Women's MMA because there's no group of fighters that fight with more heart and drive as the ladies. It's very rare to hear the crowd booing because of inaction during a women's fight. They always fight to win no matter what."
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