How long will Rousey's reign last?

 

Yahoo Sports' Kevin Iole looks back on Ronda Rousey's rise, and wonders how long it will last.

The UFC has put on more than 250 events in its more than 20 years of existence, and never before has there been a fighter who commanded such extraordinary attention with such little cage exposure as Rousey.

Rousey has fought one time in the UFC, with 4:49 of cage time.

Yet, by the time this year ends, she will not only have defended her title twice, she'll have starred in a television reality series, had key roles in two major motion pictures, testified in front of state legislatures from one end of the country to the other in support of mixed martial arts, and done a live spot on a late-night talk show. She also was the company's most requested fighter for personal appearances and became the first woman to make the UFC's pound-for-pound Top 10.

With ex-welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre on sabbatical and considering retirement, Rousey is arguably the UFC's biggest drawing card.

The unanswerable question at this stage is whether she'll be able to come close to sustaining the pace she's set. One movie is a year's work for most people. So, too, is a starring role in a television series. And of course, being a professional fighter is a grueling, difficult, full-time job.

But Rousey also gets far more media attention than the overwhelming majority of UFC fighters and that becomes yet another full-time job in and of itself.

And so, the only possible downside with her is sustainability.

Successful athletes have an attitude that maybe doesn't make them the most warm and fuzzy human beings, but it propels them to success. Rousey definitely has that.

Given the pace she sets and the tremendous demands placed upon her, Rousey doesn't figure to be still doing this in 2038, when she would be 51 and challenging Ron van Clief's mark as the oldest fighter in UFC history.

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So what do you think UG? When does Rousey retire, and why? And how crazy is it to be even discussing retirement for someone who has under three years professional experience, and just one fight in the UFC?

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ajm4276 site profile image  

12/26/13 8:44 PM by ajm4276

Till Saturday.

FinestScotch site profile image  

12/26/13 8:29 PM by FinestScotch

Hi Rhonda

FOX Force Five site profile image  

12/26/13 8:26 PM by FOX Force Five

If Ronda is still champ in her mid 30's and has a 2 year lay-off, she'll fit the profile of a Holm opponent pretty well.

scaredy cat site profile image  

12/26/13 8:21 PM by scaredy cat

Holly Holm will beat Rousey and then Rousey will pull a Carano and quit to become a movie "star".

BigTedBear site profile image  

12/26/13 7:08 PM by BigTedBear

There are a few girls in the next year or so that could give Rhonda some trouble the cat fight would have been good. I would imagine the bigger question is how long will she keep fighting if the movie rolls keep coming.

Deathmonger site profile image  

12/26/13 7:06 PM by Deathmonger

Agreed, I like the whole "Keeping it real" thing she has going on, by trying to do the right thing... Example, It's more important to check on her team's fighters after a fight, than it is to smile in the camera, and play "pretty", but she was still a little too hot tempered on the show. Miesha should smile and be happy for her team winning a fight, but Rhonda took that WAAAAY out of proportion, in saying that Tate was laughing at Rousey's loss.

Deathmonger site profile image  

12/26/13 6:55 PM by Deathmonger

True, but she was SUPPOSED to fight an undefeated Cat Zingano, until her knee went. Rhonda didn;t pick Cat's susbstitute, and if she had ANY say at all, Tate would not have made the list. In Tate's defense, her two losses were a VERY CLOSE fight against an undefeated Zingano, and to Rhonda herself.

Doback M3 site profile image  

12/26/13 6:15 PM by Doback M3

Also since when does a title "reign" include being given the belt and then defending it once against an overmatched opponent?

FinestScotch site profile image  

12/26/13 6:06 PM by FinestScotch

Getting opponents who are 1-2 in their last 3 surely won't hurt her reign

mcq site profile image  

12/26/13 4:09 PM by mcq

I don't know but I grudgingly now see her antics differently and respect her a bit more.



 

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