March 3, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; New champion Ronda Rousey is escorted out of the arena by trainer Edmond Tarverdyan after defeating Miesha Tate during the Strikeforce Grand Prix final at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE

Rousey Can Launch Women's MMA

Ronda Rousey will take on Sarah Kaufman Saturday to defend her women’s bantamweight title. Rousey is undefeated at 5-0 and has submitted every opponent she has faced.

If Henderson has the H-Bomb, Rousey has the arm bar as her finishing move. She has finished every opponent with the arm bar and doesn’t just go for the finish, but she wants to take the arm with her, just ask Meisha Tate. Her submission game is incredible, but she’s also a very talented judo expert.

Rousey has all the keys to launching WMMA to the next level. She is beautiful, talented and outspoken. It may not be what fans want to hear, but it gives publicity to the sport.

Before Rousey became champion we rarely talked about WMMA. Now she is showing up everywhere. She appeared on Conan and even was on the cover of the Body Issue of ESPN Magazine.

Dana White is beginning to peg here as the key fighter in women’s MMA. During All Access: Ronda Rousey, White said,”In the next 10 years, if there’s a woman in the octagon, it’s probably going to be Ronda Rousey.”

That’s a huge step from his previous stance on women in the UFC. We had heard from him multiple times before that the only way a woman would be in the UFC is with a card in her hands, but I think everyone can agree Rousey is the key to launching this sport for women.

She is very talented, but more importantly gets her name out there. Rousey doesn’t just comment on the sport, but about popular culture too. She had thoughts on Kim Kardashian and wasn’t afraid to say it. It’s true what she said though and Rousey can definitely be a role model to young girls out there. Look up to someone who reached the Olympics and works her butt off rather than these reality TV stars.

Saturday we will all see how big she can get. This is the second headlining bout she has been apart of and in the first Rousey definitely did not disappoint. If she can win big against Kaufman, there’s no doubt she can start giving this sport the publicity it deserves.

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