Jul 5, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Ronda Rousey (red gloves) celebrates her victory over Alexis Davis during the first round of their bantamweight fight at Mandalay Bay Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Ronda Rousey continues to improve striking, wants to be one of the GOATs

Ronda Rousey took all of 16 seconds to put away what she called her ‘toughest test to date’, in Alexis Davis. Defending her women’s UFC bantamweight title for the 4th time, improving to a perfect 10-0. Scoring the second fastest victory in a UFC title fight in history (Andrei Arlovski, 15 seconds). Also her quickest victory in 10 career bouts.

Rousey shot out like a cannon, as she usually does, landed a knee and a right hand to Davis, and sent her through the air with a beautiful hip toss. With Alexis Davis in the headlock, Rousey tee’d off on her, leading to the referee’s stoppage and a stunned sold out crowd at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

This came after Rousey demolished Sara McMann in her last fight in February in just 66 seconds, a combined 82 seconds in two title defenses. Proving again that she is in a class all by herself in the women’s bantamweight division, Ronda’s motivation to compete is simple, to be one of the greatest of all time.

“If I stop being motivated then these fights will probably drag out a lot longer. I still have a lot of improvements to make, I want to retire undefeated and be known as one of the greatest of all-time and that takes a lot more work than I’ve done so far,” Rousey said.

Ronda’s striking continues to improve as she works towards becoming a complete mixed martial artist, while it was extremely brief, she had shown the ability to tag Alexis Davis with her hands and avoid the counter strikes. This along with the previous knee knockout of Sara McMann, are adding to the resume of Ronda Rousey.

“I really only have 4 years of experience in striking,” Rousey said. “I feel like if I wanted to be comfortable as a complete mixed martial artist then I really had to immerse myself in the striking game and make that a strength instead of something I was trying to avoid.”

Much to the chagrin of a pissed off UFC President Dana White, Joe Rogan asked via the guys in the truck, Ronda Rousey post-fight whether or not she would be able to fight on the UFC’s next PPV card UFC 176 on August 2nd. Rousey said she would have to ask her coaches, and that she was already scheduled to have knee surgery, but did not rule it out. However post-fight it was revealed that she needed stitches on a knuckle on her right hand and would require time to recover, thus ruling out the potential fight.

Ronda detailed the injury to her knuckle, which had been a prior injury suffered in her previous two camps.

“It turns out that from the last two camps–UFC 168 and 170—I kept ripping my knuckle open. And just covering it up and hitting on it, all I did was just made sure it didn’t get infected. I guess I ended up developing a cyst under my knuckle.”

“I kept dismissing it, and ended up ripping it open with that first overhand right. And I just got 9 stitches in my hand. Hopefully the cyst is gone, but I’ve got to go to the doctor to make sure.”

And as for the scope on her knee, Ronda planned to tell everybody at the press conference, but was put on the spot post-fight. She also doesn’t think it’ll be a big procedure, but she needs to have it cleaned out after previous ACL injuries suffered in judo.

“With the knee surgery it’s just more maintenance that I need to do. It’s not really a major knee surgery at all, it’s just a scope. I can literally walk out of there after 2 weeks and be 100%.”

“It wasn’t really imminent, my knee is really stable. All the ligaments are fine, there’s just some junk floating in there. I’d rather do it now than risk injury later,” Rousey said.

However, Ronda did say she wanted to fight on the year end new year’s card—along side UFC middleweight champion, Chris Weidman because as she put it ‘we have good luck when we’re on the same card together’.

“I’m down to fight at anytime, I just want to make sure I’m healthy.”

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