Although Ronda Rousey has developed a very nasty striking game in recent years, many believe the Judoka will look to take Holly Holm to the mat at UFC 193. According to Cat Zingano, however, that might not happen.
As Rousey has violently demonstrated in her title defenses over Bethe Correia and Sara McMann, she has become much more than just a world class grappler (who can seemingly find your arm from any position, and bend it in a way that it’s not intended). But, since Holm is a ridiculously decorated boxer and one of the most talented strikers in the 135 division, Rousey’s clearest path to victory is likely on the floor.
Well, recently Cat Zingano spoke with UFC.com, and she was asked for her thoughts on the UFC 193 main event. Zingano faced Rousey this past February, and was quickly submitted with a highlight reel armbar.
Here is what the contender had to say about the November 15th scrap:
“I’ve sparred with Holly before, and she has super heavy hands,” Zingano said. “She’s fast and she’s calculating. If Holly can keep it standing, she’s got some weapons there.
“I see Ronda testing herself. I can see her wanting to stand up to that challenge. If I were fighting a stand-up fighter, I would set myself some goals in the match to see what happens. I would want to beat them at their own game. I don’t know if Ronda is that way or not, but if I were fighting Holly, how much more awesome would that be to win the fight beating someone at what they’re good at?”
Zingano could be right on this, and she isn’t the only person who’s voiced this opinion. Rousey has also said that she believes her stand-up skills are unmatched, so perhaps “Rowdy” will try to prove this in Melbourne, Australia?
Then again, Rousey has also talked in length about building her legacy, so she might also go out there hunting for a throw and an armbar. It’s going to be fascinating to see what goes down.