08/05/15 by Matthew S. Vandriak
Ronda Rousey is the best female MMA fighter on the planet. It could safely be said she is the best female MMA fighter of all time. After an impressive 34 second knockout of Beth Correia in her latest fight, Rousey has won 11 of her 12 professional fights in the first round. Prior to fighting professionally, Rousey won multiple medals in international judo competition, including a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics. She won all 3 of her amateur MMA fights in a combined time of less than two minutes total. But could she beat a male MMA fighter?
I'm not talking about some wanna be bar tough guy who won a few tough man contests. I'm not talking about some bragadocious black belt jiu jitsu student. I'm not talking about a journeyman fighter on some low level professional circuit or even a good amateur fighter. I'm talking about a bona fide, professionally trained MMA fighter who has stepped in the octagon at it's highest level.
Back in March, Rousey said on ESPN that she could beat "100% of the UFC's male bantam weight fighters" if she was given the right circumstances. That definitely raised some eye brows in the MMA world. Rousey has been compared to Mike Tyson for her penchant for ending her fights quickly, much like Iron Mike did in the 1980's and early 1990's. The question has been posed on various national sports talk shows, could Rousey really beat a man? According to former UFC fighter Mark Coleman, he doesn't think so. Coleman said that Rousey would have her hands full with any male fighter ranked in the top 20 and maybe beyond.
Ronda Rousey is dominate. She is the most dominate athlete in their respective sport on the planet. There's a good chance that 25 years from now, we'll be saying that she was and still is the greatest female MMA fighter of all time. She was also raised to fight. Her mother had her training in judo at a very young age. She's been training to be what she is now her entire life. Rousey has said it herself that most of the other female fighters were doing something else most of their lives when they decided to pursue MMA. She's head and shoulders, and wicked armbar, better than any woman fighter on the planet. But when it comes to fighting an equally skilled male fighter, I don't think her odds are that good. A male MMA fighter's strikes are harder than a woman's. A male MMA fighter's kicks would cause a lot more damage than a female's. And obviously, a male MMA fighter is stronger physically than a female fighter. Rousey.
The debate will continue, but likely will never be seen. There aren't too many state athletic commissions that would sanction a male versus female MMA fight. I doubt the UFC would want to feature a fight that could be seen world wide and end up being a man beating up a woman in a cage fight. Respect Ronda Rousey. Enjoy watching her dominance. She deserves all of the press and movies and other entertainment opportunities she's come into. But don't be ridiculous, because when it comes to Ronda Rousey defeating an equally skilled male fighter, it's just that. Ridiculous.
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