Ronda Rousey is – still – the UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion. Judo Gene Lebell is in her corner for every fight.
USA Judo is now a sponsor of the UFC – their name is prominently displayed on an octagon post with other big-name, long time big money UFC sponsors.
Pretty simple math if you ask me.
I’m also psyched that USA Judo is evidently building a major facility roughly 1/2 mile from where I work.
Oh, and evidently the way to win UFC championship fights is to have Gene Lebell in your corner. And an Olympic medal in judo, a mother who is a world-class judoka, razor-sharp focus, Manny Gamburyan and Gokor Chivichyan as part of your coaching staff and one of the best work ethics in MMA.
I’ve heard it said, “The more I practice the luckier I get”. It ain’t wrong.
Oh, and knees and elbows in the clinch. Getting it right since Ayutthaya.
and while these new kids (which I shouldn’t call them, they’ve paid their dues in the ammy leagues and made it into the UFC which is the bar to set these days) might not be the entertaining fights – depending on what entertains you (ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?) – we used to see they are all so technically proficient at all three ranges that it boggles the mind.
Of course, Roy “Big Country” failed to perform and Rashad and Dan Henderson went the distance as well. As did Davis and Sexton. Kinda dull, and not worth $45 on PPV. Meh. It’s almost starting to look like boxing.
Ronda Rousey via armbar in the first round. For the seventh time.
It is pretty hard to think you might lose when you have Judo Gene Lebell in your corner, you train under Gokor Chivichyan, you are the daughter of Ann Maria Rousey DeMars (whom my wife, a fellow education PhD and statistician, evidently knows) and your training partners are Manny Gamburyan and Karo Parisyan.
Good for her.
She bobs and weaves better than I ever did *g*.
So Dana White did a lovely job of setting up 4 fights where the new crop of fighters beat old- and middle-guard guys. Way to make a point.
Unfortunately, it’s a good point; younger, better conditioned guys who have trained at all 3 ranges their entire career will beat older guys whose conditioning simply doesn’t hold up. No More Tito Ortiz’s. Welcome the age of the professional MMA fighter in the boxer niche – let’s see if the model is sustainable.
Oh, an good on you for deliberately humiliate BJ Penn, Nate Diaz, Shogun Rua and Mike Swick. Ya prick ya. Fuck you Dana White and your media bosses.
saying in part “…I was wondering if I could swing by and borrow some of your swords?”
was also good. This level of competition can be hard to watch if you don’t know what is happening. It looks a lot like two people pushing and pulling each other around the mat with no rhyme or reason – not so. The gold medal mens match was spiffy, if short. I really thought the Japanese competitor, who ippon’ed his opponent in the semi in under 40-ish seconds, was going to win it but the Russian went from a beautiful attempt at an uchimata through a transition by his opponent into some type of drag throw (it’s been a really long time since I did any judo) for an ippon win. World class.