Strikeforce champion Ronda Rousey shared the new promotional video for her first title defense scheduled for August 18th with her fans on Facebook. The first promo video for Miesha Tate vs Ronda Rousey was spicy. This one--not so much. Just my opinion, but it seems too stiff, too vanilla for me. If I were a casual fan, this commercial would not catch my attention. video
The Rousey-Kaufman promo video serves as a reminder of the schedule, not an enticement to watch the fight.
Something tells me the director had to tame the action down to address the needs of the quieter, less showy fighter, Sarah Kaufman.
The girl didn't even let her hair down when she was all slicked up in that white latex bodysuit.
I feel like someone just served me Brussels sprouts.
Any person who is "going on telly" gets made-up because the lights and the camera aren't always flattering. The angles and lights change everything. When the cameras are rolling, you have to be larger than you are in real life. In my opinion, Sarah is playing small in this commercial.
It's flat. It's boring.
Where's the beef?
I'm making an inference here that many people will disagree with. I don't know Sarah Kaufman, but the impression I'm left with is that she does not take direction from people who would attempt to introduce her to new sides of herself.
I wonder if Sarah Kaufman trains for her fights that way too. She already knows what she wants to do and she doesn't need any outside interference. My impression is that Kaufman is unwilling to take risks and try new things.
Yes, she's a formidable striker. But there's something to be said about evolving your game in ways that are challenging to you because you've never considered doing it. Like relaxing and having some fun when someone says, "lights,camera, action".
What kind of risks will Sarah take against Ronda?
If Sarah shows up with her predictable straight jab-cross routine, Ronda will (hopefully) slip the punches, grab an arm and it'll be "good night, Irene" for Ms. Kaufman. Another short fight that ends in the first round.
What happened to getting the star treatment?
I got more excited watching those young Indian girls who will appear on SFL Challengers, the new MMA reality TV show filming in India. Those girls can't MMA-fight their way out of a paper bag, but they're cute and they sparkle with personality. They made me laugh. Their enthusiasm makes me want to watch their show. I wrote about the new show here, SFL Challengers - Bollywood Meets TUF 'When He Gets Hurt, My Heart Cries': Fan's Look .
But as Sarah Kaufman always says, "it's just about the fight". Everything else is just window-dressing...except hype is what sells tickets and has people tune in.
No surprise to hear about Ronda Rousey being the focus of attention from Strikeforce and SHOSports. I wrote about no mention of an "All Access" show for Kaufman here, Ronda Rousey All Access: Fan's Look.
With women still climbing the MMA ladder to a big "UFC-level" payday, every female fighter has to do whatever is necessary to push through personal as well as professional barriers.
Because Ronda Rousey is defending her belt, I will definitely be watching on August 18th. Sarah Kaufman is a tough fighter. The fight is bound to be more exciting than the promo.
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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
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