Friday, August 5, 2011

Ronda Rousey has fought Hermaphrodites much bigger than Cristiane 'Cyborg' Santos

"I've fought bigger girls than her that were actually hermaphrodites."

A hopeful match-up between Ronday Rousey and Cristiane Santos has Xena vs. Wonder Woman written all over it. Oh come on, I know I wasn't the only closet Xena: Warrior Princess fan. And I'm sure I wasn't the only kid to have a secret crush on Wonder Woman back in the day.

My nerdish love for mythological t.v. series and childhood fantasies aside, Women's MMA needs a big match-up like this one. The elimination of Marloes Coenen from the Strikeforce line-up shortened matchmaking options for WMMA's biggest promotion.

While we could see a Tate-Cyborg super fight at some point down the road, there are only a few, viable options for Cyborg in the Women's 145 lb. division. There's Brazilian knockout artist, Amanda Nunes, who ran through Julia Budd in 14 seconds. Then there's always the possibility of a rematch with Gina Carano who was just medically cleared for a cage return.

But Ronda Rousey is ready! At 2-0 in professional competition (3-0 amateur), the Olympic Judy Bronze Medalist is already turning heads. Ronda has finished all of her opponents via first round submission. So far, the transition from Judo to MMA has been a smooth one. Her wrestling and grappling sets are complete and she's quickly adapted to the striking aspect of MMA. Rousey rounds out her skill set with natural physical strength and athletic ability.

Cyborg (10-1) has unbeaten in her last ten outings, having not lost since her first pro bout. An ever-improving Ronda Rousey might be the one to dethrone Cyborg.

Ronda Rousey makes her Strikeforce debut next week at Strikeforce Challengers 18 on August 12th.

Here, Rousey talks about her Olympic experience, Women's MMA, and beating Cristiane 'Cyborg' Santos.

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