YardBarker- Her first UFC fight against Liz Carmouche proved difficult, though, as Rousey’s opponent inflicted serious damage before the women’s bantamweight champion locked in an arm bar and scored a victory.
“I dislocated my jaw, broke my sinuses, was coughing,” Rousey recently told the Los Angeles Times. “When her hand went across my jaw, my mouth was ripped open. That’s the only fight I got a bruise in.”
Carmouche clearly rocked Rousey, whose record now stands at 12-0. But don’t be confused. According to Rousey, throwing in the towel simply wasn’t an option.
“The worse-case scenario is you break your neck, and my neck was past the place where it shouldn’t have gone,” Rousey, whose years of judo work weakened her neck, told the L.A. Times. “It was in that moment I realized I was willing to die to win this fight. I was willing to be a quadriplegic to win that fight. It was that important to me. I didn’t care. The thought of giving up never happened. You have to want it more than the other person.”
I got to give her credit. Winning fights in unprecedentedly small periods of time isn't the only think Ronda Rousey has gotten better at over the course of the last few years. She's gotten exponentially better at hearing herself talk too. Hey, I can't hate. It's not her fault people are always asking her questions, but I just feel like she is in the news far more often than she is actually competing in the sport which gained her the notoriety in the first place.
Don't get me wrong, I appreciate Ronda Rousey. I appreciate the fact that she could kill me with her bare hands in no less than three seconds. However, that's also the reason I don't need her to tell me that she was "willing to die" during her first UFC fight. Yeah Ronda, we know. When your career is 'no holds barred' combat then every one of your co-workers is willing to die for a win as well. I know this because every UFC fight is like one official's discretion away from being a fight to the death. MMA fighters are basically trained killers that are restrained by the sound of a bell. Ronda Rousey's job description is pretty much to do anything in her power to inflict harm on her opponent. I would hope she was willing to die to subject herself to that, because her opponent certainly was. How ridiculous would it be if Ronda Rousey said "I am willing to take a couple bruises and a fracture or two, but dying is where I draw the line". I can tell you one thing, if that was the mentality she had then the career that she has made millions off of would have been dead and buried years ago. I respect her dedication to her craft, but if she didn't have that dedication then she would be pretty fucking lousy at her craft.
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