“Rowdy” Ronda Rousey is the most dominant woman in her sport at present – and no one looks remotely likely to usurp her.
Tennis star Serena Williams is probably a distant second and there might be someone in an obscure sport who may have a more impressive record than Rousey, but as far as mainstream sports go, she is the queen.
Her 34-second demolition of Bethe Correia at UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday was confirmation of that, in case there were any lingering doubters.
Correia was always heading for a beating after her pre-fight taunts became personal. At the weigh-in, Correia fueled more hatred from the bantamweight champ by warning her not to cry when she received her improbable beating.
After Rousey pummelled the 32-year-old Brazilian in short time, she shouted at her: “Don’t cry!”
Rousey is unbeaten in 12 mixed martial arts bouts, 11 coming in the first round. Normally, the 28-year-old American uses her judo skills to take down opponents before winning by her signature arm-bar move, but this time she elected to slug it out with Correia as if to prove she is not a one-dimensional champ.
In her last four fights, Rousey has taken a total of only 130 seconds to finish her opponents, the quickest being 14 seconds.
It’s not as if she is taking on pushovers. She has beaten Miesha Tate, the No. 1 contender, twice and also the Nos. 2, 3, 4, and 5. Rousey has seemingly run out of worthy challengers and will face Tate a third time in her next fight.
Cris “Cyborg” Justino, the Invicta featherweight champion with a 14-1 record, is the only opponent Rousey would have trouble with.
But Justino tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2011 and Rousey has repeatedly refused to fight her for that reason.
Rousey reiterated those sentiments after the Correia victory. Rousey said, “She can fight at 145 pumped full of steroids or she can make the weight just like everybody else without them.”