UFC bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey maintained her mystique at UFC 157 with another Armbar victory in the opening round of a rumble, though only after some early drama including a sequence where Rousey appeared to be in danger of Liz Carmouche locking up a Rear-Naked Choke. However, “Rowdy” Ronda was able to escape and eventually found herself lined up for a submission attempt of her own ultimately proving to be much more successful.
The 7-0 Rousey spoke about her performance against Carmouche with Fuel TV shortly after the bout’s conclusion, crediting her foe for a tough fight despite never actually feeling as though she was truly in trouble during their tilt.
“On the ground I feel so comfortable in every position I don’t feel I’m ever in danger, so I feel comfortable taking a lot of risks,” explained Rousey. “I felt fine with her on my back. I was thinking more about trying to keep my sports bra up while she was trying to choke me, because I felt very safe and in control even though it didn’t look like that.”
“I knew she would be tough…I was expecting to go five rounds. It could have gone that way. It happened to be that I was in a good position with ten seconds. Ten seconds difference it could have gone to the next round and been very different,” added Rousey. “So yeah, she was very tough. Much respect to her.”
The full interview with Rousey can be seen below:
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