Since it was announced that UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey will be defending her title against Alexis Davis at UFC 175, many folks have been comparing the two’s grappling skills. On one end there’s Davis, who is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Jiu Jitsu and Rousey who is a 4th dan black belt in Judo.
In an interview with MMAFighting, Rousey said the fight with a BJJ black belt provides an interesting challenge. She added that while watching MMA, she would hear from “people talking about how the Jiu Jitsu people would beat any Judo player.”
“It was such a stereotype that I thought, and still think, that I could beat any girl in the world, any weight division, gi or no-gi, black belt and in any rule set they want, in just pure Jiu Jitsu.”
The Rowdy one has a point. Everyone puts over Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as the ultimate in grappling and if a fighter is a black belt, they’re unbeatable. BJJ has certainly helped Royce Gracie in his MMA career though when he was at his peak, he was really the only fighter who was using it in the early UFC tournaments, but now, it’s common for fighters to have a BJJ background. There were also no judo practitioners in those early tournaments and it’s not common for judokas to compete in MMA unless they’re from Japan.
That’s not saying that a judoka will always beat a BJJ expert and vice versa. It depends on the two skill sets of the different fighters.
Rousey added that she knows that Davis has an extensive background in Muay Thai while she knows critics have called her striking “terrible” and that any way she beats the Canadian fighter would prove a point.
Still, Davis has a great chin and she’s gone toe-to-toe with some of the baddest women in mixed martial arts. Not only will this bout be an interesting challenge, but also a classic.
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