Strikeforce bantamweight Ronda Rousey’s successful title-defense over Sarah Kaufman on Saturday night marked the second longest fight of the 25-year old champion’s career. Of course, it also only lasted 54 seconds.
Though the overall action was abbreviated, Rousey still took a number of positives away from her performance other than simply it involving another first-frame stoppage. According to Rousey, she felt more composed and complete in the cage than she ever had before – a scary prospect for peers considering the ease in which she disposed of a game adversary like Kaufman.
“It’s really cool how I had to change my habits from judo. In judo I have a tendency to rush because I only had a few seconds to get an Armbar, and this time I got it and I was like, ‘Take your time, take your time,’ cause I thought if I went for it too early I might lose my position,” said Rousey in a post-fight interview with Showtime. “I feel like I’m developing more as a Mixed Martial Artist in that I was able to take my time and change my position around until I was happy with where I was at before I went for it. So I feel mature now since I went in more relaxed and not just trying to go, go, go like my earlier fights.”
Rousey also touched on her in-ring comments about former featherweight champion Cristiane Santos, still pointing to “Cyborg” as her likely next opponent.
“I’m expecting anything at any moment. I’m expecting to fight her in January or in five minutes when I leave the building,” stated Rousey, referring to recent comments from Santos about a willingness to meet her in a parking lot if need be for a bout to come to fruition. However, Rousey didn’t waver on her stance about Santos needing to slim down to 135 pounds for an official fight, leaving the match-up in semi-state of limbo.
Check out the full interview with Rousey below:
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