All Access: Ronda Rousey Episode 1 8/8/12 Recap
The world of mixed martial arts has currently been getting a lot more publicity as against back in the 90′s when these events were primarily held underground because of its savage action and brutal ways of no-holds barred action. Since then, leagues and implemented rules have been put to assure the safety of the fighters and make audiences across the globe to fully embrace the sport.
So far, the awareness campaign has been reaching different parts of the world and a surging excitement to either watch or even join in these events have been pretty rampant especially with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) doing a tremendous job in promulgating and promoting their fights.
With the UFC finally getting their window to go mainstream with almost weekly promotions, one can’t help but notice how dynamic and evolved the sport has become since the days of bare-knuckle fist fights. With highlight finishes to WWE-like interviews to hype fights, it is notable how this kind of sport was truly built for men to withstand alone… and so we thought.
Soon after the men took their frustrations and gloves inside the cage, so did the women back in the early 2000. Though it was not as accepted as much as its male counterpart, women’s mixed martial arts has struggled to reach out to fight fans. Fighters like Gina Carano and Chris Cyborg paved the way and did their parts in promoting the women’s division for StrikeForce in 2006, but it still didn’t get that worldwide “wow”-factor.
Don’t get me wrong here. That was a great fight indeed, but to properly get people riled up to see women getting physical on one another needed to be more “showcase”-worthy; something that a women’s fight just months ago finally had.
In March of this year, the Women’s Bantamweight Championship was on the line between champ Meisha Tate against title challenger Ronda Rousey. This wasn’t just ANY women’s event sponsored by StrikeForce for Showtime Sports. THIS was the fight that changed the game forever.
The heated rivalry between these two amazons led to on-cam slandering to online mudslinging of sorts that just got fans involved further with this bout. When these two locked it up, there was absolutely no love between them as they just did their best to literally end each other’s career. With the intensity in their mad dash for the win, their fight showcased that x-factor that just catapulted the women’s division on the map with Rousey as its pin-up girl and role model for all young and aspiring female fighters.
Since that fortuned moment, Rousey and the WMMA have been on the radar.
As the UFC tries looking for that particular icon whose name automatically becomes synonymous with MMA or the UFC, StrikeForce (or WMMA) has found their leader in the form of Ronda Rousey who (for me), carries something magical in her aura that just invites you to get to know her more as well as the sport she’s a part of. Something similar to Michael Jordan had for basketball, Hulk Hogan for wrestling, and Brock Lesnar for the Ultimate Fighting Championship after exiting the WWE.
I can’t quite get my hands on explaining the phenomenon, but once you do see it for yourself, you’ll know what I mean.
Rousey is just your typical girl next door who just doesn’t mind about the messy apartment or even getting the carpet stained with wine or anything like it. Though being the most lovable girl or tomboy one can ever fall for (like Cameron Diaz in “There’s Something About Mary”), she can surely make you feel pain beyond words to describe. Watch out and be careful of her armbar submission!
With Rousey’s uprising of in the media as of late, all eyes will be on her again as she defends her title for the first time against noted Canadian striker and former champion Sarah Kaufman on August 18, Saturday at 10PM ET / 7PM ET only on Showtime.
Watch the full episode of All Access: Ronda Rousey at the video below.
Catch Episode 2 of All Access on Wednesday, August 15 at 9:30 ET / 8:30 CT on Showtime. Rest assured that Nerdles will be on top of the footage for you MMA Nerds out there.
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