There’s a chance – a chance – that Ronda Rousey’s next fight will last more than a minute. If that doesn’t seem newsworthy, well, it is.
Rousey’s last three fights went a combined 64 seconds. In fact, she hasn’t had a fight last longer than a minute since February 2014.
That fight went a-minute-6.
Why the potential for a “long” fight, you ask? Rousey is fighting Holly Holm, a professional boxer, at UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia, on Nov. 15.
Rousey is still the favorite, of course, but her preparation – and approach – will be different.
“Well, (Holm is) not just a professional boxer; she’s a 19-time boxing world champion,” Rousey said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “It’s a lot different. The kind of fighter that she is, she fight much more at a distance. And since she’s gotten to MMA, she has several head-kick knockouts and things like that and she’s a really good counter-puncher. A lot of these other girls, I can just be extremely offensive and aggressive right away. She’s not that kind of person. She’s the kind of person I really have to be patient with and set up for things because she’s counting on me being reckless and charging in so she can capitalize on that. So I have to be a lot smarter and take my time with this one.”
UFC 193 marks Rousey’s first fight in Australia and her first fight since embarrassing the smack-talking Bethe Correia at UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro. Correia acted – let’s just say “mildly crazy” – at the weigh-in, getting in Rouey’s face and screaming at her not to cry.
What was Rousey thinking in that moment?
“I was thinking that after I’m done beating you up, I’m going say that right back to you,” Rousey said. “She was screaming, ‘Don’t cry’ in my face, and I was like, ‘All right, just wait. I’m going to wait for the right time to return the advice.’ After I knocked her out and flattened her face, I turned around and I was like, ‘Oh, yeah, don’t cry.’”
That fight lasted all of 34 seconds.
As impressive as Rousey has been over the years, the former Olympian continues to refine her craft – which is a scary prospect for future opponents.
“I think I’m definitely at my physical peak,” Rousey said, “but as a mixed martial artist, I think I’m understanding the sport more and I’m learning more and technically I’m still yet to reach my peak. The good thing about martial arts is the better (you) become technically, the less that you need the physical side. I think I’m going to have a longer athletic peak because my body will probably peak a little bit before my mind does and it’s probably going to carry over for a longer period of time.”
Rousey has apparently had arthritis since she was 19.
“My knees are shot,” Rousey said. “My body can only take this so long, but mentally I feel like I’m so much better and I understand it all more. I’m making up new moves and approaching everything in a new way, and I feel like a better fighter every time I go in there.”