For a little while now, there’s been a narrative cutting through the MMA world which posits that Ronda Rousey is the sport’s most dominant champ. After all, we are talking about someone who has needed less than three minutes total to defeat her last three opponents.
Well, recently Sports Illustrated took it up a notch, by putting the UFC bantamweight champ on the cover with the title “Ronda Rousey is The World’s Most Dominant Athlete”. How about that?
One of Rousey’s greatest rivals to date, Miesha Tate, recently sat down with SB Nation, and not surprisingly she was asked to weigh in on SI’s declaration,. Here is what the perennial contender had to say:
I don’t know if that’s an accurate statement. I think there are a lot of athletes in the world. Maybe someone who took a gold medal at the Olympics could be considered more “dominant,” you know?
In different sports, it’s hard to compare because we have a fighting sport, versus someone who maybe does swimming or something. An athlete is still an athlete so it’s hard to compare the apples and the oranges because they’re different things, so I don’t know if I agree entirely on that.
It is true that there’s a difference between citing someone as the most dominant champ in one sport, and declaring that they’re the most dominant athlete on the planet. But, there’s no doubt that plenty of Rousey’s supporters are likely on board with the idea.
All this aside, Tate is booked to fight Jessica Eye at UFC on FOX 16 on July 15th. That’s an extremely important bout, as Tate is sitting at #2 and Eye is ranked #5. If the latter hopes to scrap for a title any time soon, she’ll need a win.
Since Tate’s already been defeated by Rousey twice, well, she likely still has a ways to go before she can lock up a third fight. Of course, if Rousey loses to Bethe Correia at UFC 190, then things could be different.
UFC 190 will go down on Augst 1st in Rio de Janeiro. UFC on FOX 16 will be hosted by the United Center in Chicago.