Ronda Is Coming

Ronda’s Dominated MMA, Is Boxing Next?

By David A. Avila

Ronda Rousey’s surprising appearance on boxing publication Ring Magazine opened the door to a series of questions including what it means.

“I want to be remembered as one of the greatest fighters of all time in any sport. I would love to have a chance to be a boxing world champion,” said Rousey.

UFC female bantamweight champion Rousey (12-0) gets a taste of boxing when she faces former boxing champion Holly Holm (9-0) in the Octagon on Saturday Nov. 14. The MMA title fight takes place in Melbourne, Australia. UFC 193 will be shown on pay-per-view.

Rousey expects a stand up slugfest from Holm.

“I think this fight will kind of show my striking legitimacy with the boxing crowd. But it’s still a different sport,” said Rousey adding that only fighting a boxer in their own sport would prove she can conquer both combat sports.

The Riverside native now lives in Venice and has become the most dominant female fighter in the MMA world. Recently, Ring Magazine put her on the January 2016 cover of the boxing magazine that has long symbolized the fighting sport.

Fans of both sports were caught unaware by Rousey’s appearance on the cover. It’s also one of the rare times a woman has been placed on the cover and the first time an MMA fighter was on the cover.

“It’s such an honor to be on the cover of such a historic magazine,” Rousey said during her media day in Glendale.

The female UFC champion said that most of her training centers around boxing, not grappling, kicking or jujitsu. And because of boxing’s intricacies in technique, it represents a major challenge and something akin to judo which she mastered and attained a bronze medal in the Olympics.

“I’ve really fallen in love with the sport of boxing. I do boxing almost all of the time,” said Rousey who is trained in boxing by Edmund Tarverdyan.

No time limit has been set for her entrance into the world of boxing, but she does intend to do it in the foreseeable future.

“I want to be more involved in the sport,” said Rousey, 28. “We’ll see what I can do.”

Rousey’s next opponent Holm was a former junior welterweight and welterweight boxing world champion. The extremely athletic fighter from New Mexico had more of a “hit and run style” that saw her win most of her fights by decision. She prefers punching and kicking to grappling.

“Every style makes a difference and every fight makes a difference,” said Holm, 34, about the challenges she presents for Rousey. “They put her so high on a pedestal. I’m in there for a reason. I have the acute ability to win. I believe in myself.”

Rousey expects a stiff challenge mainly because of Holm’s boxing abilities. She views it as a litmus test before entering the sport of boxing and all of its intricate technical maneuvers.

“She’s going to be a bigger challenge than ever,” Rousey said of Holm. “But no amount of strategy can beat me.”

Former seven-weight division boxing world champion Oscar De La Hoya, whose company owns Ring Magazine, said he believes Rousey will dominate in boxing just as she does in MMA.

“She’s tough. She has speed, power and instinct,” De La Hoya said while in Garden Grove recently. “She dares to be great. That’s the difference with a lot of fighters.”