Ronda's Revenge Served Cold
By David A. Avila
Women fighters are a different breed.
Generally they’re more educated, more articulate and more logical in their decisions in and out of their fighting platforms whether it’s boxing or MMA.
Ronda Rousey takes it to a whole other level. She just might be one of the most intelligent prizefighters ever. And revenge is her favorite dessert.
UFC female bantamweight champion Rousey (11-0) travels to Rio de Janiero to defend her title against Brazil’s bad mouthing Bethe Correia (9-0) on Saturday Aug. 1, 2015. UFC 190 will be shown on pay-per-view.
Two weeks ago Rousey was awarded the ESPY for Best Fighter and beat out Floyd Mayweather, Terence Crawford, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. She was the only female entrant in back to back years. She lost last year to Mayweather who verbally dismissed her when asked about beating Rousing for the award. “Who’s he?” Mayweather retorted.
Rousey loves revenge and waited an entire year before unloading a doozy against Mayweather. When asked how it felt to beat him for the award she didn’t hesitate to unload a pinpoint volley.
“I wonder how Floyd feels getting beat by a woman for once?” Rousey told a television reporter in a statement also meant to target his criminal record for assaulting a woman. “Let’s see you pretend not to know who I am now.”
That single comment reverberated around the world in record time. Social media lit up like the Aurora Borealis. It was a verbal bomb Rousey had waited to unload for the past 12 months.
“I wanted to respond at the most appropriate time where I thought I could make the biggest impression that I’m not the kind of chick you can make snarky remarks about. So I waited a whole year to say something,” Rousey said.
The Riverside-born champion uses words like fuses to light her inner fires. When her next opponent Correia made a verbal slight about a suicide in Rousey’s family it set off another potential retaliatory bomb. You can almost see a joyful anticipation of revenge in Rousey’s eyes.
“I’ve said before that revenge is a dish best served cold,” Rousey said while in Glendale. “People are trying to say things to get a white hot reaction out of me. I react to the time that best benefits me.”
The female champion who has destroyed back to back opponents in a combined 30 seconds plans to use Correia’s comments as tinder for their clash in Brazil.
“She’s undefeated. And a lot of people are interested in seeing it. People love the story line and the theatricality as well,” said Rousey. “But when she starts to affect and insult my family, that’s when I know an example must be made. I need all the other girls coming up looking at what happened to her as far as an example of what not to follow.”
Rousey promises utter annihilation for the Brazilian in Brazil.
“I’m going to be so dominant every single second even though it’s going to be longer,” said Rousey. “This fight has become very personal to me and I want to beat her in the most devastating way possible, in front of her own people.”
Rousey always seems to find the vulnerable spot and at just the right time. Just ask Floyd.