I could make a lot of jokes about things that can be accomplished in 34 seconds. But ultimately, that’s the time it took Ronda Rousey to kick the living shit out of Bethe Correia, her most recent victim.
That said, I’ll hold off on the jokes. Because what Ronda Rousey accomplished on Saturday night was no laughing matter.
It was an affirmation, and now it’s a fact: Ronda Rousey is the most badass athlete in sports.
Not singularly female. Not singularly male. Pure and simple, Ronda Rousey’s badass demeanor transcends gender and sport.
What does it mean to be a truly ‘badass’ athlete? Is it dominating your sport? Is it having no fear and the ability to stare your opponent down without so much as a glimmer of a doubt that you’re going to kick their ass?
Or is about the tangible things? The blood, the sweat, and the tear-soaked hours that you sacrificed to get there?
The answer is all of the above.
Ronda Rousey enters the ring knowing she’s going to beat you. And every single time, she does just that. Now, don’t get me wrong. Ronda Rousey is not the only badass athlete in the world. I can think of numerous others, both male and female, that embody this honorable adjective.
J.J. Watt in the NFL. Kobe Bryant in the NBA. Serena Williams, Duncan Keith, and many more.
Still, Rousey’s sport of MMA is arguably the most primal sport there is. She’s 28 years old, in the prime of her career, and I already have no qualms with putting “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey in the same conversation with those type of legends that you sit back and just say, “wow, what a fucking badass.” You know, the Ronnie Lott, Dan Henderson, and Dennis Rodman’s of the world.
But what makes Ronda Rousey truly menacing is how mentally prepared she is at all moments during her process. One look into her cold and unwavering stare, and any grown man (including myself) would be shitting their pants. And considering she trains for months at a time for a competition that generally takes her less than a minute to complete, her work ethic is also unparalleled.
Above everything else, her track record speaks for itself.
8 title defenses.
In her last three fights, she’s won all of them in 64 seconds…combined.
In the time it takes me to finish a lap on Mario Kart, Ronda Rousey can win three UFC Women’s Bantamweight title fights, without slipping on any bananas.
There’s no question that she’s the undisputed face of the UFC. But at this point – it doesn’t matter who you are, how much you like UFC, or even sports in general – you better know who Ronda Rousey is. Because right now, she’s the most badass athlete in sports.
Pure and simple.