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Thread: UFC champ Ronda Rousey explains why she won’t leave ‘Gina Carano void’

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    As company president Dana White has stated countless times since introducing the organization’s first female weight class at the beginning of the year, women wouldn’t be in the UFC without Ronda Rousey leading the charge.

    Were it not for the edgy personality and seemingly unrivaled skills that made White take notice, the UFC roster would probably still consist solely of the male divisions.

    So when Rousey (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) recently expressed a desire to retire from MMA within the next couple of years, many in the industry wondered if women’s MMA would take a hit like it did when Gina Carano left the sport in 2009.

    Rousey recognizes those fears, she said she’s determined not to leave a “Gina Carano void” of her own.

    “Everyone loved Gina and Gina really started all the interest in women’s MMA, and when she left, the entire sport detonated without her,” Rousey told MMAjunkie. “I never want to leave the sport in that state she had to when she left. I’ve really accomplished a lot at this point, and I’m starting to think about more than just the present moment and thinking more down the line and how I want to leave some sort of a legacy.”
    While such sentiments aren’t uncommon among fighters, Rousey wants her legacy to extend far beyond wins, losses, title defenses and first-round armbars. It may be a lofty goal, but Rousey is determined to make a big enough impact on the sport that she can point to herself as a reason why women are still in the UFC – not just a few years from now, but decades down the line.

    “I really want there to be women’s MMA fights in the UFC 20 years from now and be able to sit there and just revel in what was created – the way I see Royce Gracie sitting front row to the UFC’s now,” Rousey said. “I want to really be able to sit and have that look of contentment and have that smile that I see Royce with when he’s at those events.”
    Beyond delivering in the octagon, Rousey has raised her profile – and perhaps WMMA’s – with modeling and acting ventures. Additionally, in part due to Rousey’s success, the UFC has announced a women’s 115-pound strawweight division that will be introduced in 2014 with the first-ever all-female season of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show, “TUF 20.”

    Rousey said the new division will help alleviate some of the pressure that comes with being the organization’s sole female titleholder.

    “I’m so excited the 115-pound division was brought in,” Rousey said. “A lot of them are so bright and charismatic. I really think they could carry the gauntlet in a fantastic way, and I couldn’t be any happier for them. It’s a lot of weight off my shoulders that there will be another women’s champion out there.”
    Although she’s pleased by the progress, Rousey said she won’t consider withdrawing from active competition until she feels WMMA is clearly stable in the UFC.

    “I really still feel like that weight is still on my shoulders,” Rousey said. “When I feel like I don’t have that responsibility anymore, that’s when I’ll start thinking about stepping away.”
    Up next for Rousey is a rematch with Miesha Tate (13-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at UFC 168. The bout co-headlines the Dec. 28 pay-per-view-event, which takes place at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena.

    Despite the recent out-of-the-cage headlines, Rousey said she’s committed to her master plan, which includes an unblemished professional record and a lasting influence on sport. The quest continues at UFC 168.

    “Retire undefeated is what I’m going to do, and my mind is resolved to that,” Rousey said. “None of these girls have the right to beat me under any circumstances, and I’m not going to allow that to happen. I’m going to fight until I feel like I’m done, and when I feel like I’m done, I’m going to walk away and leave the sport in very capable hands.”
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    Hilarious. Rousey acts like she has been on a Hughes or Silva-like streak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sniggles View Post
    Hilarious. Rousey acts like she has been on a Hughes or Silva-like streak.
    More of a Chris Weidman streak.

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    Man if Carano came back to fight Rousey, I'd buy that PPV. Hell they could make that a Season of TUF! That would be Awesome! But I don't think Carano could make the weight....shit she stuggled to make 145.
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    When cyborg finally gets ahold of her she'll know what the 'gina carano' void is all about.

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    Rousey's corner bets stacks of cash on her
    "My whole corner bets on me," Rousey told FOX Sports. "They get mad at me because my odds always suck. They split like over 20 grand every fight because they believe in me. It doesn't put any extra pressure on me. I'm like, 'F--- yeah.' My guys have so much faith in me they'll put down 20 grand to win five."

    “They get mad at me because my odds always suck.”

    "This time, my friends were like, 'Ronda, if it wasn't a sure bet, I would be mad at you. I was expecting the odds actually to be closer because I went to do all that movie stuff and I thought maybe more people would doubt me because of that. To see I'm up that much is kind of cool but no so great for friends. It's nice to know they're so confident in me though."

    Rousey: Tate has to talk me down


    "She goes on her interviews and says she's going to finish me in the first round, ‘she has so many holes in her game, blah blah blah,' she tries to talk me down all the time," Rousey said. "She has to convince herself."

    Rousey says she contrasts Tate's approach with her own preparation, in which she assumes Tate will come into the fight at the MGM Grand at the top of her game.

    "I believe her when she says she's in the best shape of her life," Rousey said. "I believe her when she says her striking is the best in her life, I believe that she can have a perfect game plan and focused her game plan on my weaknesses and everything possible, everything. I assume she is going to be perfect. I'm prepared for a five-round brawl. What she is hoping for is for me to go out there and for me to make a mistake. I expect a whole lot more from her than she expects from me."
    Ronda Rousey: Miesha Tate received UFC 168 title fight because of her 'nice ass'
    Because according to Rousey, it certainly wasn't based off Tate's athletic merit or past performances as she recently told Jim Rome:

    "She really has to nitpick to try and find weaknesses in my game. I mean, she has to tell herself something. If you think about it, her best performance ever was against Marloes Coenen to win the Strikeforce belt. Then I beat her very decisively and then she had an embarrassing and bad performance against Julie Kedzie where she got dropped and head kicked. She got dropped a couple of times. She was pretty much embarrassing and bad to the very end. And then in her UFC debut she lost and got dropped by an elbow by Cat Zingano. She was getting beat pretty badly. Then Cat Zignano hurt her knee. Miesha has a nice ass and she has an ongoing rivalry with me and that's the only reason she was picked for this fight. The rivalry is why she is even around. It's not because of her athletic merit. She really has to play that part of it up (rivalry) because that's all she really has. She has to make it personal because you can't make it an athletic rivaly because there really is no comparison. I'm an Olympic athlete and she's a high school wrestler."


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    "My whole corner bets on me," Rousey told FOX Sports. "They get mad at me because my odds always suck. They split like over 20 grand every fight because they believe in me. It doesn't put any extra pressure on me. I'm like, 'F--- yeah.' My guys have so much faith in me they'll put down 20 grand to win five."

    “They get mad at me because my odds always suck.”
    Am I the only one that finds that kind of sketchy? I wonder what the AC might think of that.
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