Can someone explain this phenomenon? What has she done in this sport? I ask these questions not as a Ronda Rousey hater but as someone who truly doesn't understand why she's so popular. I know she kissed Gina Carano's butt, she got into a Twitter beef with Cris Cyborg, she's on a lot of those Elie Seckbach videos, and she talked her way into a title shot against Miesha Tate. Again all well and good, and it's certainly not unusual for a fighter to talk their way into a title shot or a big money fight they don't deserve. David Haye talked himself into a fight with Wladimir Klitschko, Chael Sonnen talked his way into a title fight with Anderson Silva. Now both Haye and Sonnen lost, although Sonnen's career has been built on being the guy who "Almost beat Anderson Silva". Now it's his right to maintain that career path although if I were him I would maybe shoot for a more lofty and more credible goal....but I'm just putting that out there.
I don't know, I like when fighters earn their glory. I respect champions and super stars who took on all comers and had legit opponents on their record. If you look at Chael Sonnen's record it reveals his overrated status as a fighter. He's not that good and he's not all that dynamic. But he talks and talks and that's fine, if that's your thing. Ronda Rousey might be the most overrated female fighter in mma right now because she's the typical fighter who despite having a thin record and one legit win on that record against Julia Budd, everyone loves to anoint her as the next big thing. Let's hold off until the fight with Miesha Tate before we start talking about all that. And again I'm not downing her because she mimics what a lot of boxers have done over the years. Trash talk is apart of the fight game, but so is the over hyped product who didn't deliver against a consistent line of top competition. She's going to face the best in women's mma as she goes forward and that's why crowning her the next queen is so pointless right now.
If she beats Miesha Tate I'll come around but until then she's just another fighter trying to make her name on some trash talk. The first round subs in 38 seconds is all well and good and it's impressive but let's see her do it against the best women out there on a regular basis. Kyle Symes called her the next Gina Carano with mma skills, she's been called the savior of women's mma. It...Gina....yeah I got nothing. It's hard for me to vouch for Gina Carano's mma career because she's just as overrated as Ronda but, but at least Gina Carano.....boy do I miss Marloes Coenen. Now there was a lady who didn't need hype or half naked photos to push her career.
So what do you guys think? Is the hype too much too fast? Is it warranted or should we wait until she has some more credible wins on her record?
Are we all suckers? Is she that good or are we all buying into some darn good hype? Explain this to me because I want to like her but I just don't understand this rush to put her above every other female fighter in the world.
I miss Marloes Coenen.
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