Rakoczy is in a tough position career-wise. On one hand, she’s arguably the best female boxer on the UFC roster and has a 31-3 pro record to back it up. On the other, she’s 36 years old and still a neophyte in MMA. She was essentially rushed into the ring based on her success with the sweet science and age but is playing “catch up” where grappling/submissions are concerned. She looked lost in Julianna Pena’s clinch during their TUF 18 tilt and didn’t know what to do when action hit the mat either. The best thing the UFC could do for Rakoczy is give her another 6-9 months to focus purely on polishing up her skill-set. Regardless, Germaine da Randamie would be an excellent opponent for Rakoczy based on similar status as an athlete who excelled in a different combat sport but is still learning on the job as far as Mixed Martial Arts goes.
Another TUF Finale is in the books, giving up-and-coming talent from the recent season an opportunity to shine on the sport’s biggest stage as well as a chance for more established veterans to prove their place on the roster is well-deserved. Ten athletes exited the Octagon last night with heads hung low after suffering a defeat, though not all of the stumbles were devastating or particularly notable for that matter. However, in the case of some of the Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale competitors, coming up short will have a definite impact on their immediate futures… (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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