Strikeforce champion, Ronda Rousey, showed up at a Showtime Boxing event recently. Ronda trains with boxer, Art "Lionheart" Hovhannisyan at Glendale Fighting Club in Glendale, CA. She was interviewed by Steve Farhood, boxing historian and analyst--and actually blushed--when images of her naked on the cover of "ESPN the Body Issue" were shown to the audience.
Steve Farhood and Ronda Rousey
Farhood acknowledged Ronda as the "Face of Women's MMA" and asked her about her match against former Strikeforce champion, Sarah Kaufman. "It's kind of a classic grappler vs striker match-up. She's the best striker I've ever fought and I'm the best grappler she's ever fought. We're going to see who can impose their own game...we'll see August 18th. You should watch it."
Farhood asked Ronda about her plan to inflict an armbar on Kaufman. She said, "I don't have plans when I fight, only options."
Appearing on the cover of ESPN seems to have had an impact on Ronda's comfort level with herself. She said that she doesn't worry about small things anymore like her bra strap showing because "...everyone's seen me naked. So, it's not a problem." video
Steve likes Ronda. He tweeted, "This is Strikeforce country. Tune in: I will be marrying Ronda Rousey between fights tomorrow night on Showtime. (Please don't tell my wife.)"
Art won his fight that night, a split decision win over veteran, Miguel Acosta on Friday, July 20th.
Here's another interesting tweet from Steve Farhood, "Just flew from SF to NYC with Don King [famous boxing promoter]. What makes him STILL so fascinating? I asked him what he was reading. He showed me. It was Plato."
Dana White and his Ronda Rousey t-shirt
I wonder what UFC president Dana White reads on long flights...maybe ESPN magazine?
To show his support for people on his team being photographed without clothing, Dana wore a t-shirt bearing the image of Ronda Rousey's naked form on the cover of "ESPN the Body Issue" to the weigh-ins for UFC on Fox 4. video
Ronda trains with Manny Gamburyan. He won his fight against Michihiro Omigawa at UFC on Fox 4--shown during the prelims--by unanimous decision.
How would you feel if you were Sarah Kaufman seeing your boss sporting an image of your opponent on his chest?
No doubt Sarah Kaufman (15-1) is out for blood when she enters the cage with Ronda Rousey to attempt to regain the championship belt that she lost to Marloes Coenen.
This is Ronda's first title defense. Something tells me that Ronda is ready for anything Sarah can dish out. Although this time, fans may get the chance to see Ronda's chin tested. Sarah throws heavy punches.
Kaufman tapped to an armbar from Marloes Coenen. So far, that is the only loss on Kaufman's professional MMA record.
In an interview with ESPN, Kaufman said that she knows the armbar is coming--but she said that Ronda knows that she's going to be hit too. video
May the best woman win
At this point, my prediction is Ronda Rousey defeats Sarah Kaufman on August 18th.
Even if Sarah wins, she's not going to get the same level of attention that Ronda gets from Dana. Showmanship counts. Ronda's got it. Sarah hasn't found a comfortable groove with her public persona yet.
Source: Glendale Fighting Club, Twitter, Sherdog
More from this contributor:
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
- Sports & Recreation
- Martial Arts
- Ronda Rousey
- Steve Farhood
- Sarah Kaufman