Edmond Taverdyan has repeatedly sung the praises of Ronda Rousey’s evolving striking game, and now he’s made another eye brow raising claim about the UFC champ’s boxing skills.
Rousey is preparing to fight Cat Zingano at UFC 184 on February 28th, which is the same night Holly Holm will make her Octagon debut versus Raquel Pennington. If you don’t know, before Holm transitioned into MMA, she went 33-2-2 in pro boxing, and filled a trophy case several times over while doing so.
Well, Taverdyan attended a media event recently to promote UFC 184, and while discussing Rousey’s stand-up skills he stated (quote via Bloody Elbow.com):
“Ronda beats Holly in a boxing match,” Taverdyan said. “I don’t believe, I know so.”
How about that? Rousey has clearly demonstrated in the Octagon that her striking pedigree is extremely dangerous, and when you watch her do pad work, it’s glaringly obvious how much speed she possesses. Rousey has argued that she’s the best striker in women’s MMA, and Taverdyan, not surprisingly, agrees.
“Absolutely,” he said. “Her skills improve everyday. We have her sparring with boxing world champions in the gym. I’ve never seen Ronda lose a single round.”
“Name me one (male MMA Fighter) that can get the best of boxing world champions within every round,” Taverdyan added. “Maybe one round they might.”
It will be interesting to see what kind of strategy Rousey employs versus Zingano, and whether she elects to stand-and-trade with the contender. It will also be intriguing to catch Hollm’s UFC debut, who many believe could challenge Rousey at some juncture. The 33 year-old Holm has gone 7-0 to date in MMA and also holds a 2-1 record in kickboxing.
UFC 184 will be hosted by the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The card will mark the first time Rousey has fought since she quickly stopped Alexis Davis last July.