Yes, Ronda Rousey has experienced a sudden fall from grace over the last few months. The once-dominant UFC women’s bantamweight champion has lost her last two bouts by knockout and we don’t know if she’ll continue her UFC career. She has received criticism due to her current losing streak and also because she’s remained so quiet in the media.
Fight fans, however, seem to be suddenly downplaying Rousey’s previous accomplishments.
Maybe fans have forgotten that the former Olympian has held titles in two different promotions?
Or maybe fans have forgotten that we’re speaking of the female who brought women’s MMA to the UFC, and therefore the mainstream?
Or maybe fans have forgotten that Rousey will always be known as the inaugural UFC 135-pound champion and that she defended her title six consecutive times?
With that being said, let’s turn the script around, stop trashing Rousey for a moment and take a look at Rousey’s five best fighting moments:
Miesha Tate vs. Ronday Rousey:
Ronda Rousey made her debut in a title fight against women’s bantamweight champion Miesha “Cupcake” Tate at Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey on March 3, 2012.
Rousey scored four straight first round armbar victories and was put in the headlining role against her rival with a title on the line. She ended up scoring yet another first round armbar victory over Tate to secure the title. In fact, Rousey even snapped Tate’s arm in a gruesome fashion, which just added an exclamation point to the victory.
She became a legitimate star and a legitimate force in this fight, defending her Strikeforce strap one time before making the jump to the UFC.