Considering the abilities of Ronda Rousey, and what the UFC champ has accomplished so far, it’s not a stretch to say she’s the greatest, woman fighter ever. Yes, despite the fact Rousey has only been fighting professionally since 2011.
But, as anyone who has followed Rousey knows, the 28 year-old likes to set high goals. Case in point, while talking to the media recently to promote her February 28th bout with Cat Zingano, Rousey relayed that she hopes to become the greatest fighter of all time…male or female (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“Definitely it’s a goal of mine,” Rousey said. “Whether I achieve that or not, whether or not people perceive it one way or another has nothing to do with the accomplishment. I’ll know when I reach the point, like ‘OK, I’m the most dominant and the greatest of all time.’ I know that I’m there and I’ll be ready to hang up my gloves and move on. But whether or not anyone else sees it that way doesn’t matter. Because I’ll see it that way.”
Rousey has gone 10-0 to date, and only one of her opponents, Miesha Tate in December, 2013, made it out of the first round. So, clearly Rousey has a ridiculously impressive resume and many believe she could be the best fighter in women’s MMA, by a wide margin. But, the 28 year-old understands that she has a little ways to go, before she enters the G.O.A.T. conversation.
“I’m still working on it,” Rousey said. “I’m trying to be as dominant as possible and maybe one day that asterisk will disappear. But I can only control what’s put in front of me to control, not how people perceive my accomplishments.”
It will be interesting to see what unfolds when Rousey takes on Zingano, as the latter could be the most powerful and dangerous fighter “Rowdy” has faced yet. It’s also worth noting that Zingano, like Rousey, has never lost.
UFC 184 will be hosted by the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. In the co-main event, decorated boxer Holly Holm will make her Octagon debut versus Raquel Pennington.