Ronda Rousey vs Nick Diaz in a BJJ ‘flow roll’

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Ronda Rousey is a grappling wizard. A one of a kind, at that.

She began training in judo at the young age of 11, under the tutelage of her mother, who is a former Judo world champion herself.

Rousey holds numerous world titles in major Judo events, but her biggest achievement came when her world-class skills and unmatched tenacity propelled her to the second place in Judo at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

Ronda Rousey vs Nick Diaz in a BJJ ‘flow roll’
Ronda Rousey vs Nick Diaz in a BJJ ‘flow roll’

Having made the transition to mixed martial arts shortly after, at age 22, Rousey, driven by her overly competitive spirit, was looking for elite training partners to ensure her victory again, but in MMA this time.

She was scheduled to take on then-undefeated challenger Cat Zingano at UFC 184 and naturally started to look for training partners that could take her to the next level.

Enter Nick Diaz.

Diaz, a MMA star and perennial contender in the UFC Welterweight division and fan favorite, has relied heavily on his boxing skills during his long MMA career.

Top boxer Andre Ward, a former training partner of Diaz, even stated Diaz could easily make the transition to professional boxing.

But make no mistake. Diaz is no slouch in the grappling department.

Actually, many observers would go as far to say Diaz’s grappling skills being are even sharper than his striking abilities.

I wouldn’t disagree. I mean, the guy was awarded a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt at age 24!

It is then no wonder Ronda Rousey turned to him in order to polish her grappling acumen.

Ronda Rousey vs Nick Diaz:

I’d say her grappling experience with Nick Diaz worked quite well and they should do it more often!

For readers who are interested in what a ‘flow roll’ is … it’s a way to roll in a relaxed manner and in a constant motion. No submission, no strength at all. There is no winner. The goal of the drill is to flow, not win. Both partners need to focus on their own movements and on their partner’s movements. Try to keep moving all the time.