Tarec Saffiedine, the last man to ever wear Strikeforce’s welterweight crown, has a tall order ahead of him in the form of Jake Ellenberger – a match-up that will take place at UFC Fight Night 34 on January 4 and will serve as Saffiedine’s first venture into the Octagon. But what was it like for the Belgian striker the first time he ever set foot in the cage? Saffiedine sat down with RM Sports and talked about it.
Dana White once dismissively claimed that women would never fight in the UFC. He would cite a fight he once saw involving a completely overmatched female take a violent beating, and stated he never wanted to see that happen again.
No more than few years later, Ronda Rousey would be promoted to the UFC women’s bantamweight champion. And her first fight in the promotion, against Liz Carmouche, would not disappoint. The two fought a high paced grappling battle, with Rousey nearly being submitted, only to come back and win with her patented armbar.
And then the UFC announced a number one contender bout between Miesha Tate and Cat Zingano. Nobody was quite sure how the fight would play out, and it ended up exceeding everyone’s expectations. The two went to war, with Zingano coming back in the third round to finish Tate with strikes. There would be no real loser in this fight, and women’s MMA was the biggest winner of all.
Fast forward a few months, and things are not as rosy as some might have expected. Not every fight has played out as a barn burner, with Julie Kedzie and Germaine de Randamie putting fans to sleep. Then, very recently, Jessica Andrade did to Rosi Sexton what Dana White had warned us about: Sexton endured a terrible beating that was entertaining for pretty much nobody.
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It’s been a great year for women’s MMA thanks to the efforts and star power of Ronda Rousey, who’s parlayed a judo background, a penchant for armbars and a healthy dose of attitude to become the UFC’s first female bantamweight champ and, in the process, elevate the sport as a whole.
But damn, she’s either high on crack, suffering from delusions, or both. Why do I say this? Here’s Yahoo! catching her in the act of spewing gobbledygook:
“In any given moment, under the right circumstance, I think it is possible,” Rousey said of beating [Cain] Velasquez when asked if she thought she could.
“You cannot tell me that it is physically impossible. It is possible that in any given moment that I could beat him. I simply believe in my possibilities.”
- Watching Yves Edwards get knocked out makes me have a sad. Isn’t there some sort of Matt Hughes/Chuck Liddell-esque retirement plan Zuffa can offer him? I’d rather see Edwards behind a desk than in a cage at this point.
- As awful as Chris Camozzi’s face looked after his bout with Lorenz Larkin, it was nothing to how horrific his tattoos were. Is he the recipient of a gypsy curse or something? That ink goes beyond mere “poor choices”.
- You could tell how good of a striker Germaine de Randamie was on the feet by how screwed she was on the ground. Which is to say, yeah, she’s probably one of the best strikers in women’s MMA.