Minute Rice has nothing on Ronda Rousey, who continued to dominate the world of women's MMA with a 54-second defeat of Sarah Kaufman via -- again -- her infamous "armbar."
Rousey's latest victory got her an invitation, of sorts, from a UFC titan. No, it wasn't Dana White.
— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) August 19, 2012
Fans are hungry for Rousey to face tougher competition.
@rondarousey Next fight dont even bother wrapping hands. It's not like you punch. Arrive. Armbar. Leave. lol
— Brian Da Silva (@DaSilvaMMA) August 19, 2012
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.
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
That's gotta hurt.
Dear people saying all
@rondarousey knows is an armbar: You know, they don't just lay down & let her armbar them
— DrAnnMaria (@DrAnnMaria) August 20, 2012
Then there's the whole issue of moving up in weight class. She won bronze medal in judo during the 2008 Beijing Games:
@rondarousey won an Olympic medal at 154 lbs. why is the notion of fighting MMA at 145 such an issue?
— FrontRowBrian (@FrontRowBrian) August 20, 2012
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:
Very impressed with Ronda Rousey.
— Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) August 19, 2012