Ronda Rousey's UFC Dominance Evokes A Young Mike Tyson
Jul. 31, 2015
By VICTOR MATHER, NEW YORK TIMES
Ronda Rousey spends some of her time posing for magazine covers, filming television ads and movies, sitting for interviews, winning awards and generally continuing a rapid ascent to sports superstardom.
And, oh yes, since the start of last year, she has also stepped into the Ultimate Fighting Championship octagon to defend her women’s bantamweight title three times. For a total of 1 minute 36 seconds.
Only a few years after Dana White, the organization’s president, said women would never fight in the U.F.C., Rousey is the biggest mixed martial arts star of either sex. And she dominates her division by a margin associated with Tiger Woods in his prime, vintage Wayne Gretzky or, most aptly, the young Mike Tyson.
Rousey is 11-0 in her career, and 5-0 since joining the U.F.C. Ten of those fights were stopped in the first round. Eight lasted less than a minute.