UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will have a lot working against her Saturday as she defends her title against Sara McMann in the main event of UFC 170. For one, Rousey has had no rest since her last fight in late December against Miesha Tate at UFC 168.
In that bout, Rousey fought longer than ever before and ate some stiff shots to the dome. Also, the past year has been an incredibly hectic one for the "Rowdy" one. After Saturday, she will have fought three times, filmed a reality show and a motion picture in about twelve month's time.
All of that is to say nothing of her opponent, who may very well be the toughest matchup Rousey has ever had. Unlike all of Rousey's other opponents in the past, McMann is also a world-class athlete and also possesses excellent take downs and grappling.
Of course, Rousey is still confident that she'll get her arm raised at UFC 170 and stay undefeated. The biggest reason for her confidence has nothing to do with skills, however.
The two-time Judo Olympian simply knows that she wants it more than her opponent.
"I'm willing to die in there," Rousey said during Wednesday's UFC 170 open workouts at Mandalay Bay in Vegas.
"I'm willing to die in there and [McMann] can't."
Rousey acknowledges that she may be facing her athletic equal in the Octagon Saturday but draws confidence from the fact that McMann simply has more important things in her life than MMA and titles.
"Sara, on paper, is a great athlete, and on paper you could say that we are very close to equals and that's why people are so excited for this fight," Rousey went on.
"I think that I'm more of a fighter than she is. I can tell that this title is not as important for her as it is for me, she had a kid at home and she has to go home to that kid, and I can afford to be selfish, where she can't."
Parents out there, let us know what you think of Rousey's statements. Is McMann's parenthood an advantage because she may have more to fight for is it, as Rousey suggested, a hindrance because she will value being able to go home, safe and sound, to her daughter more than winning at all costs?
Let us know in the comments section.