But while Rousey is universally respected for her skills in mixed martial arts, her boxing coach Edmond Tarverdyan has prompted sideeye from the women’s boxing community after saying that Rousey’s hand skills could earn her a boxing championship if she wanted.
The 2008 Olympic judo bronze medalist has had to fight past the first round just once in 12 outings. Her string of early victories since turning professional in 2011 have cultivated an aura of invincibility. With a talent pool struggling to keep up with demand for credible opponents – she is set to face Meisha Tate for a third time next – it seems only age or complacency can one day end her streak.
And how those imaginations have run wild regarding the 28-year-old from Riverside, California. Some have likened her fierce approach to combat to Mike Tyson during the 80s: how she snarls and glares and intimidates opponents, psyching them out before the opening bell even sounds.
Unexpectedly, Rousey charged at the previously unbeaten Brazilian, who many thought would have the advantage if they stood up and traded blows. A right hand behind the ear sent Correia face first onto the octagon. And that was that.
Ronda Rousey demonstrated once more this past Saturday that she is without peer in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s bantamweight division. Rousey finished Bethe Correia in just 34 seconds at UFC 190, using not an armbar submission – her trademark coup de grâce that finished nine of her previous 11 bouts – but the standup punching which had widely been perceived of as one of the weaker facets of her game.