I hear the Rousey truthers out there, and the marketing hype is starting to make me cynical. The prelim coverage of Rousey was smothering. People who know better, please tell me: Is she being fed palookas?
There sure seems to be a push to give Tate a third shot, but she's won her last four fights by decision. She hasn't submitted anyone in 3 years. Rousey has never gone to a decision. Cyborg isn't even in the UFC (even if they do own Invicta), and she would have to cut weight to face Rousey.
If these are Rousey's best two opponents, she's not fighting them. She's fighting the law of diminishing returns.
"To be the man, you gotta beat demands." -- The Lovely Mrs. Tracker
Three of Ronda's last four opponents (McMann, Zingano, and now Correia) were all undefeated going in with unquestioned credentials and had more than earned their title shots. Ronda's dusted them all in under 2 minutes combined, and last night was the most impressive of all (beating a striker at her own game). There's just simply no one on her level right now.
And for those who don't think Tate is deserving of another chance, well, the numbers don't lie:
Tate: 15 minutes, 25 seconds fight time with Ronda Liz Carmouche: 4 minutes, 49 seconds Every other Ronda opponent COMBINED: 5 minutes, 22 seconds
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Tate also fought her 3 years ago. If you think Rousey hasn't upped her game considerably in that time, I don't know what to say. Watching her in that fight, or the Carmouche fight, it's day and night in regards of technique, striking, and overall domination.
I'd love to see her in the ring with Tate again, if for nothing more than to shut her up. It's truly a better feud than anything WWE has had in the past five years.
wouldn't call myself a Rousey truther (R-Truther), but fighting hasn't seen anything like what's she's doing since Tyson in his prime. The complete and utter dominance, the swift decimations; she ends the fights early because that's what her opponents make her do, not because she can't or is worried about a long fight. Everyone she has faced has been woefully out of their depths. I don't think it's a problem with matchmaking or trying to keep her strong, she's just that good in a limited talent pool.
I actually stopped what I was doing to watch this. Bolt is amazing. What probably made the difference in time (compared to the Olympics) was the fact that he didn't showboat with half the race to go. Simply amazing.