After the conclusion of a recent press conference relating to their bout tomorrow night, both Strikeforce bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey (5-0) and challenger Sarah Kaufman (15-1) took time to speak with the media. However, while hyping the fight, Rousey may have crossed the line in the opinions of many after including some serious threats along with her pre-fight trash-talk.
“Kaufman might not know it, but she should be thanking her lucky stars that MMA is properly regulated in California. If I get her in an armbar, I’m going to try to rip it off and throw it at her corner,” said the former Olympic medalist in judo while speaking to MMAJunkie.
She didn’t stop there either, continuing,“If I get her in a choke, I’m going to hold on to it until she’s actually dead. And if I get a knockout, along the way I’m going to try to pound her face into the ground and she’s depending on the competence of the California (State) Athletic Commission to walk out of that cage alive.”
After catching wind of her comments, Kaufman took the high road, saying, “I have no doubt that she’s trained fully for this fight, and I don’t think preparation is going to be a factor for her at all. She’s going to show up to fight and she’s going to try to kill me, but that’s alright. At the end of the day, someone’s going to walk out with the belt, and I want that person to be me.”
The unfortunate statements made by Rousey come in the wake of the recent passing of 30-year old Tyrone Mimms who made his amateur debut on a card in South Carolina only for tragic circumstances to surface shortly thereafter. Mimms lost the fight by technical knockout and seemed fine to the doctor in cage. Sadly, Mimms later passed out backstage, and despite the efforts of the EMTs and Medical University Hospital staff, Mimms was pronounced dead hours later.
UFC President Dana White has scolded fighters in the past for making such threats. Former heavyweight champion Frank Mir made similar statements about former champion Brock Lesnar while talking about a potential rematch. It will certainly be interesting to see how White responds to Rousey’s comments who he has referred to Rousey as “the face of women’s MMA.”
Kaufman and Rousey are set to square off this Saturday night at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California. The fight will be broadcast on Showtime with things firing up at 10:00 PM EST.
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