Kaufman: Rousey's armbar 'not unstoppable'

by Mike Chiapetta | source: mmafighting.com

In preparation for the champion's specialty, Kaufman has spent time training with mixed martial artist and Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Sheila Bird, with a focus on working out of bad situations. The hope is that the continued repetitions will ingrain in her the proper escape routes should the time come to use them during the August 18 matchup. And while no fighter has yet escaped the Rousey trap for long, Kaufman says there is nothing magical about the technique.

"I don't think it’s unstoppable," she said during a Wednesday media call for Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman. "It's one technique that can be used from multiple different angles. Ronda's clearly put a lot of work with the judo into the fast transitions, but it doesn't make me nervous. It's something that could happen but it's also something I’m prepared for.

"It’s an armbar," she continued. "People can have a mystique behind someone because they have the same submission over and over again. It does create an aura of kind of, 'Oh, she's won every fight by the same thing.' And I did the same thing when I had eight knockouts in a row. You do have that mystique and someone has to break it, and that's what I'm prepared to do."

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ENZO007 site profile image  

8/10/12 12:38 AM by ENZO007

I hate to say it... Rousey by armbar in under 2 minutes...

OnlyTheStrongSurvive site profile image  

8/10/12 12:27 AM by OnlyTheStrongSurvive


X_Rated site profile image  

8/10/12 12:09 AM by X_Rated

I don't mean to be a dick, but it's disingenuous at best to state that judokas look for their Armbars differently. They might have to lock it in more quickly, but it's just not true to even try to suggest that an experienced BJJ player wouldn't be familiar with the vast majority of the armlock setups a judoka might use... From flying Armbars, to armbar from side mount, rear mount, turtle, guard, mount... Whatever. And secondly, watch Ronda's fights. If you've ever done BJJ at all, you should look at her fights and be thinking "Ahh yeah that looks familiar". Because it is. Because you probably drill those same setups continuously on the mat.

formulate site profile image  

8/10/12 12:06 AM by formulate

I don't really think Kaufmann is going to have to stop it. Rousey doesn't like getting hit. she is going to get hit alot by someone who knows how.

X_Rated site profile image  

8/10/12 12:05 AM by X_Rated

No not this.... There aren't setups unique to JUDO or BJJ... An armlock is an armlock regardless of what martial art it comes from. Judo doesn't teach setups different from JiuJitsu. Primarily because they are basically the same martial art (not sport). I can appreciate that you think Judo players set their Armbars up differently because the rules re: the ground game don't favor grappling on the ground, but the setups are not unique or different or unknown to any Legit BJJ blackbelt.

Jsteven site profile image  

8/9/12 11:53 PM by Jsteven

Sorry for the run on sentence

Jsteven site profile image  

8/9/12 11:52 PM by Jsteven

Because the allowed15 seconds on the ground give the same advantage as an actual fight with 5 minute rounds to get a submission

georgejonesjr site profile image  

8/9/12 9:07 PM by georgejonesjr

Of course its not unstoppable. A number of women in judo stopped it (Rousey never won gold in the Olympics or worlds, and a few of the competitors were as good as she was on the ground, and one probably better). The question isn't if its unstoppable, its whether Kaufman can stop it. And I suspect she can't.

Jsteven site profile image  

8/9/12 3:51 PM by Jsteven

Nice to have confidence, but she is probably getting arm barred

PassnSmash site profile image  

8/9/12 3:31 PM by PassnSmash