UFC’s Ronda Rousey Explains Why Gina Carano is “The Hardest Competitor I Could Ever Find”
By FCF Staff
Although many critics believe a fight between former Strikeforce star Gina Carano and UFC bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey will be far from competitive, the latter recently outlined why it could be a “dangerous” challenge.
Carano, who is reportedly in negotiations with the UFC, hasn’t fought now since August, 2009, when she was stopped by Cris “Cyborg.” In a recent interview with ESPN Magazine, Rousey had this to say about how she sees a bout with the fighter, turned actress, unfolding:
“Well, I want to win, of course. That’s how every fight goes down. But my coach said from the start that Gina is the worst style matchup for me. I’m not just saying that. I don’t have to worry about fighters outmuscling or overwhelming me or catching me on the mat. The only thing I have to worry about is the one-punch knockout. And out of all of the women in MMA, Gina has the best feel for distance and timing. That’s not something you lose because you made a couple of movies. You’ll always have that. And she was the first girl I ever saw that had a one-punch standing knockout. The other chicks who are known for knocking people out, those are really TKOs: They got overwhelmed on the ground, and then the ref stopped them. She’s the one who can knock you out while standing on her feet with one punch. That’s what makes her the most dangerous.”
“I really do believe that she’s the hardest competitor I could ever find to fight. Even if you don’t believe that, even if you think she took too much time off and it’d be a quick fight, to be honest, that fight would be too hot not to watch. It doesn’t really matter if it’ll be competitive or not. And if you do watch it, you’re going to be surprised: It’ll be one of greatest fights to ever happen in the history of women’s MMA.”
The 27 year-old Rousey, who has also acted in several movies now, is coming off a knockout win over Alexis Davis in May.