It took only 16 seconds for UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey to beat Alexis Davis. The result of their July 5 contest came as a surprise to many because not only does Davis have one of the hardest chins in women’s MMA – Rousey even said this on Jim Ross’ “The Ross Report” podcast – but also because of the Rowdy one’s improved striking, which has been subject to criticism in the past.
Yet Rousey did not come out of the match completely unscathed. In an interview with Yahoo! Sports’ UFC CEO Lorenzo Ferttita said Rousey suffered a broken hand after the fight. This was in addition to the stiches Rousey needed on her the same hand after bursting a cyst, as well as her upcoming knee surgery.
This of course erases all speculation that Rousey was going to step in to fight at UFC 176, even though she would have if the UFC asked her.
While this shows how much Rousey’s striking has improved in the last few months, I think this also shows how tough Davis is. Prior to her fight against the Rowdy one, Davis hadn’t been finished since 2009. Even against powerful hitters like Sarah Kaufman and Liz Carmouche, the Canadian fighter didn’t go down. Personally I think Davis’ chin is made of the same stuff as the chins of Roy Nelson and Mark Hunt.
It’s not uncommon for fighters to sustain injuries after their fights and while Rousey’s bout was only 16 seconds, I’m not surprised that she came away with an injury. That’s not knocking her at all. Even the toughest fighters will take a trip to the hospital after their bouts.
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