For UFC 184, Ronda Rousey vows: “I’m not leaving the cage unless I’m the champion, and that’s it.”
In the extended preview embedded below, Rousey says she could “finish a fight in any and all ways, but it’s going to be a finish.” If history repeats itself, that’s what we’ll see, as all of Rousey’s victories have come by way of submission. Most recently, she knocked out Alexis Davis (16-6) in 16 seconds at UFC 175.
As is presumably the case for any champion, Rousey is aware there’s a target on her back. But she’s equally confident she’ll retire undefeated. Her strategy?
“I’m going to take everybody out, one by one, and then I’m going to go about my merry way.”
Zingano, however, disagrees. “I have a lot of respect for (Rousey’s) talent and her technique, but I don’t think I’ve seen any girl out there…that can just beat me up,” she says in the video. Zingano returned at UFC 178, after a lengthy hiatus, to secure a dominant TKO victory over Amanda Nunes (9-4). For her fight with Rousey, she anticipates “…one epic fight, and we’re going to see that I’m the best in the world.”
Also featured in the extended preview, co-main event fighters Holly Holm (7-0) and Raquel Pennington (5-4) discuss the hype surrounding Holm’s UFC debut. Pennington thinks Holm hasn’t “…truly faced that challenge in MMA.”
Holm, an 18-time world champion in boxing in three different weight classes, knows her reputation precedes her. “A lot of people, I think, have this conception, ‘don’t stand with Holly, she just wants to box.’ I wouldn’t have come to MMA if I wanted to just box.”
Pennington is ready to put her to the test:
“At the end of the day, I think I’m a better fighter when it comes to it…I will do anything it takes that night to win.”
UFC 184 airs live from Los Angeles on Saturday, February 28th, on PPV.
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