Anyone who has followed Ronda Rousey’s career knows that she is an extremely driven person, and now the UFC bantamweight champ has provided another example of how that’s the case.
Of course, Rousey is already considered to be the planet’s best female fighter, and some would argue she is by a considerable margin, but “Rowdy” wants to be considered the best ever, period.
Rousey recently attended a media gathering in Glendale to discuss her upcoming, February 28th bout with Cat Zingano. While talking about her future, and when she might decide to hang up the gloves, the 28 year-old relayed she wants to become the greatest-of-all-time (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“Definitely it’s a goal of mine,” Rousey said. “Whether I achieve that or not, whether or not people perceive it one way or another has nothing to do with the accomplishment. I’ll know when I reach the point, like ‘OK, I’m the most dominant and the greatest of all time.’ I know that I’m there and I’ll be ready to hang up my gloves and move on. But whether or not anyone else sees it that way doesn’t matter. Because I’ll see it that way.”
Few would / could argue with the fact that Rousey is already the best, woman fighter to date, but since she’s only been fighting since 2011, the Judoka will need to add a few more wins before she enters the G.O.A.T. debate.
One thing’s for certain, if Rousey gets through Zingano later this month, and then, possibly meets and defeats Cris “Cyborg” in the next year, her stock will be through the roof. Holly Holm has also received a lot of buzz about being a possible threat to Rousey, but the decorated boxer won’t make her UFC debut until the 28th, when she faces Raquel Pennington.
UFC 184 will be hosted by the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calfifornia. Rousey will be fighting for the first time since last July when she quickly stopped Alexis Davis, and Zingano is coming off a TKO win over Amanda Nunes in September.