Trending: Ronda Rousey continues to shine
Rousey's latest victory got her an invitation, of sorts, from a UFC titan. No, it wasn't Dana White.
Fans are hungry for Rousey to face tougher competition.
Rousey, who fights for Strikeforce in the 135-pound class, appeared fully exposed in ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue this year and has lived up to the hype and gained substantial notoriety despite her limited exposure on pay-cable. She's 6-0 and won with blinding speed Saturday. She then saw fit to attack the "Showtime" cameras and call out "disgraced” 145-pound champion Cris "Cyborg" Santos, who is serving a yearlong suspension after testing positive for a banned steroid after a subsequently overturned December victory over Hiroko Yamanaka.
— Brian Da Silva (@DaSilvaMMA) August 19, 2012
@rondarousey Next fight dont even bother wrapping hands. It's not like you punch. Arrive. Armbar. Leave. lol
I'm speechless. Watching a Ronda Rousey fight is like watching someone exploit a glitch in a video game. Over and over again. Unbelievable.— Shaun Al-Shatti (@shaunalshatti) August 19, 2012
And there's a lot more to the armbar than just the simple armbar:
Just posted a photo instagr.am/p/OhqAg6hEca/— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) August 19, 2012
From rondarousey via Instagram
That's gotta hurt.
Dear people saying all— DrAnnMaria (@DrAnnMaria) August 20, 2012
@rondarousey knows is an armbar: You know, they don't just lay down & let her armbar them
Then there's the whole issue of moving up in weight class. She won bronze medal in judo during the 2008 Beijing Games:
.— FrontRowBrian (@FrontRowBrian) August 20, 2012
@rondarousey won an Olympic medal at 154 lbs. why is the notion of fighting MMA at 145 such an issue?
Whether Rousey can provide enough star power and firepower across various classes to propel women's MMA into another galaxy -- UFC perhaps -- remains to be seen. @RondaRousey has more than 108,000 followers on Twitter, but comes nowhere close to other notable female athletes, including Missy Franklin (380,000-plus), Danica Patrick (637,000-plus) and Serena Williams (3 million-plus). She'll no doubt be gaining more in the coming weeks, especially thanks to tweets like this:
If you see any offbeat links from your favorite sports site or catchy tweets that might be of interest to others, pass them along to me @billsperos or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Very impressed with Ronda Rousey.— Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) August 19, 2012