Bas Rutten, host of AXSTV's "Inside MMA", gave Strikeforce champion, Ronda Rousey, high praise for her opening move in her first title defense against former Strikeforce champion, Sarah Kaufman on August 18, 2012. Cris "Cyborg" Santos, next on Ronda's Strikeforce hit list, was not so complimentary. Ronda told Cyborg to cut weight to 135 or forget about fighting her.
Respect between champions seems to be missing
Kenny Rice, co-host of the show, shared a long email message from Cyborg to Ronda.
Cyborg reminded Ronda that she is addressing the number one, pound for pound female fighter in the world and ended by saying, "...I will not endanger my health to satisfy the rantings of a spoiled little girl".
I guess whatever banned substance Cyborg took doesn't appear on her list of things to avoid in order to live a long, happy and healthy life. Double standard?
In the message, Cyborg made it clear that even though her last fight, against Hiroko Yamanaka, was ruled a no contest, she still considers herself the women's 145 lbs. champion.
Cyborg is not impressed with Ronda's performance...and vice versa
Ronda responded with, "I have a whole line of girls waiting to fight me...She needs to fight me or she's pretty much done...She's not as awesome as she thinks she is...I've got other things to do. Come down to 135 or I don't have time for you." video
No doubt, cooler heads from the Zuffa team will help resolve this stand-off between the top two female MMA fighters in the world. No MMA fight fan is going to want to miss the Strikeforce war between Ronda and Cyborg. I bet that fight goes longer than one round.
Bas Rutten is "very impressed" with Ronda Rousey's striking
Bas Rutten: "Do you know what I was really impressed with, Ronda? The way you closed the distance. In fighting stance, you threw three jabs, that all hit the target, bringing her backwards and threw the big right overhand...but while you were moving so fast forward, you kept using open-close, open-close. something that is very hard to do, even for experienced strikers. Very impressive."
Ronda Rousey said that she spent the first year with her striking coach, Edmond Tarverdyan, focusing on her footwork. She added, "I feel like my footwork is much more advanced than my hands are."
Footwork is key for shifting between offensive and defensive positioning, allowing the fighter to choose to close the distance or maintain distance--depending on what's happening in the fight.
FightMetric tallied three of six significant strikes landing during the first round for Ronda and one of three significant strikes for formidable striker, Sarah Kaufman.
Ronda Rousey's fights end so fast, it's hard to see all the weapons in her arsenal. I wonder if Sarah Kaufman underestimated Ronda's striking so much that she expected Ronda to try to take her to the ground without using kicks or punches to create an opportunity.
If it were true that Ronda had zero striking skills, then Sarah's punches and knee strikes might have had an impact.
The fight ended--with an armbar submission--within 54 seconds of the first round. No surprise to MMA fans. Ronda's last six fights have all ended in the first round via armbar.
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Cheryl Ragsdale started out boxing and has added kicks and BJJ so she can practice MMA. Currently, she trains with Keith Florian and has trained with UFC Fighter Kenny Florian at Florian Martial Arts - follow @thatgirlisfunny