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UFC 184: Rousey vs Zingano

           UFC 184: ROUSEY VS ZINGANO

 

This Saturday night, February 28, 2015, The Staples Center in Los Angeles California will host UFC 184. This event will be live on pay-per view. In the main event two of the best women fighters in the world will face off, as Cat Zingano (9-0) will attempt to take the women’s UFC Bantamweight Championship from the waist of Ronda Rousey (10-0).

These two knockouts face each other at UFC 184.

These two knockouts face each other at UFC 184.

This will be no easy task, as Rousey seems to be untouchable inside the octagon. Both ladies are undefeated thus far in their respective careers and have looked very impressive along the way. Zingano started her Mixed Martial Arts career in 2008, almost three years before Rousey, who started in 2011. Rousey, however, has had more fights than Cat. She has ten fights on her resume, while Cat has nine. She has a 100% finishing rate, while Cat has finished all but one of her opponents. Cat Zingano started her career for a promotion called Ring of Fire. Her MMA debut was at Ring of Fire 32 where she became their first women’s champion at 135lbs. She was also victorious in her second match, at Ring of Fire 33. She then went on to win the title at 130lbs for another organization called Fight to Win. After that she returned to Ring of Fire and became their first ever champion at 125lbs, thus becoming their first ever women’s champion in two separate weight classes. She also won the Fight to Win Women’s title at 125lbs. So, for those of you that may have lost track, that makes four championships in three separate weight classes.

Cat Zingano.

Cat Zingano.

Now, obviously those championships were won from opponents with a much more shallow skill set than what Rousey will be bringing to the table. The reason for this is that there wasn’t a whole lot of options for women that were competing in MMA back then. Zingano caught her first big break in 2012 when she got signed to Invicta FC. There, she defeated Raquel Pennington via rear-naked choke. This opened the door for her to be signed by the UFC where she defeated top-ranked contender Miesha Tate in her debut. This bout was deemed the first ever women’s Fight Of The Night and both ladies were awarded a $50,000 bonus. She was then set to face Rousey for the championship, but suffered an injury and was replaced by Miesha Tate, the Women that she had just defeated. She returned after a seventeen-month layoff and defeated Amanda Nunes, once again securing a title shot against Rousey.

Now, where to begin for Ronda Rousey? Let’s start off at the beginning of her Judo training. She began Judo with her mother at the age of 11 and qualified for the 2004 Olympic Games at the age of 17. She also competed at the 2008 Olympic Games, where she won a bronze medal, thus becoming the first ever American to win an Olympic medal in women’s Judo. She started out her MMA career with a 25-second armbar finish over Ediane Gomes. This was followed up with a 49-second armbar victory over Charmaine Tweet. Rousey then signed with Strikeforce, where she went 4-0 and defeated Sarah D’Alelio and Julia Budd before defeating Miesha Tate for the Women’s Bantamweight Championship. She went on to defend the title against Sarah Kaufman and was then signed by the UFC.

UFC Bantumweight Champion Ronda Rousey.

UFC Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey.

Just like in Strikeforce, Rousey holds a record of 4-0 in the UFC. She first defeated Liz Carmouche at UFC 157, before winning a rematch against Miesha Tate at UFC 168. By this time critics were calling her a “one trick pony”, because of the fact that she had defeated all eight of her opponents by submission via armbar. She would prove critics wrong by winning her next two bouts by way of TKO/KO. The first, being a TKO victory over Sarah McMann at UFC 170. She followed this up with a knockout victory over Alexis Davis at UFC 175. During her time with the UFC, Rousey has gone on to become one of the sport’s biggest stars. She has been on the cover of multiple sports and fitness magazines, as well as endorsed several major products. She’s also split her time between competing and starring in big budget films. She starred in The Expendables 3, which was released last year. You can also catch her in (Fast &) Furious 7, as well as Entourage later on this year.

 

 

                               PREDICTION

 

Cat Zingano will be Ronda Rousey’s toughest opponent to date. She has some of the nastiest striking in women’s mixed martial arts and will have a clear advantage if she can keep the fight standing and stay on the outside, not letting Rousey press her up against the cage or take her down. That’s a whole lot easier said than done and I really can’t see that happening. Rousey has had her way with every opponent that she’s ever stepped inside the cage with and I don’t see that changing any time in the near future. She has defeated 10 opponents, while only accumulating a total fight time of 27 minutes and 55 seconds. Keep in mind that non-title fights are scheduled for 3 five-minute rounds, 15 minutes total and title fights are scheduled for 5 five-minute rounds, for a total of 25 minutes. This means that she has disposed of 10 opponents (counting Tate twice) in the time that it would take to complete 6 ½ rounds. With nine first-round finishes, I look for more of the same from Ronda in this matchup and I’m picking her to win early.

 

 

                  WINNER: RONDA ROUSEY

                               via Submission

 MAIN CARD

 Ronda Rousey vs Cat Zingano

 Raquel Pennington vs Holly Holm

Jake Ellenberger vs Josh Koscheck

Alan Jouban vs Richard Walsh

Tony Ferguson vs Gleison Tibau

 

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