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I have just returned from Long Beach, Los Angeles where I had the mercurial pleasure of making memories with the mighty horror king “Mad Matt” Farnsworth and majestic slasher queen “Lady Diane” Foster. It was a totally life altering experience and has inspired me massively in becoming the person that I know I can be. Today I wish to speak of one such motivation which came in the form of a visit to the famous Glendale Fighting Club where I had the honor of watching the Four Horsewomen of MMA training together.
They consist of Jessamyn Duke, Shayna Baszler, Marina Shafir and a certain Ronda Rousey. Matt and Di have become firm friends with the fighters and, indeed, everyone using the gym. Such legends include the formidable Super Featherweight professional boxer Artyom “Lion Heart” Hovhannisyan, who we got to see victorious and utterly commanding at Chaos at the Casino 4, Hollywood Park Casino. Marina was also there and she effortlessly won her pro debut against Chandra Engel via arm bar submission. Ronda, meanwhile, was in attendance spurring on her teammates by the ringside. The word ‘lion-hearted’ is applicable to all those who share in the magic of GFC and this is also apparent through experienced trainer and fighter, Sevak Ohanjanian, who exudes humility and kindness.
I was instantly mesmerized by Ronda from the moment I set eyes on her training. I knew there was something unique about her. She was the epitome of focus, which was apparent in her eyes, and in every individual muscle and fiber of her body. The next thing which hit me, and with the conviction of a 40 lb spitting maul, was how stunningly beautiful this woman is. Bearing in mind, at one point, she stood next to the beauty that is Lady Die as they chatted. It is a wonder I made it out of there without dissolving like an Alka Seltzer.
Alas, I didn’t get to converse with Ronda as she was absolutely game-faced and that, my dear friends, is one of the reasons why she is the most mouth-watering prospect in women’s MMA ever and also the role-model to take the sport on to a whole new platform. I have spent hours upon hours since meticulously studying every facet of her impregnable fighting stance, devastating prowess and also real beauty as a person and, on all counts, I am floored. This young woman is not only a bona fide skull crusher in the ring but her story is both inspirational and life-affirming and in equal measures outside of it. Not only that but she hasn’t let her instant stardom affect her and her core values which is utterly refreshing.
So, first to her combat repertoire and believe me it is extensive. She was the first ever Olympic Medalist in women’s Judo, she bagged a Gold Medal at the World Junior Judo Championships in Budapest, in addition to being the first and only UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, and the Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion. That’s some résumé. She remains undefeated in her field, having won eight of her nine professional bouts via arm bar and the other by TKO, and nobody can so much as contemplate dealing with the punishment she brings to the ring. Ask Miesha Tate, who received a ‘chicken winging’ courtesy of Rousey…TWICE! “Ouch” is the only word that springs to mind and is hastily followed by “Mummy”.
Born in Riverside County, California and having grown up in Jamestown, North Dakota, Ronda was inspired at an early age by her parents. Her mother had a decorated Judo career herself. She continues to be an inspiration, sharing a wonderful bond with her daughter, and the presence of a strong female role-model in her life has enabled Ronda to keep belief in her abilities and also remain fiercely grounded. That can be quite the balancing act when faced with the overnight adulation thrown her way, but she takes every tiny step in her stride, and oozes both self-assurance and intense determination through every single pore in her being. She is disinterested in giving young aspiring athletes the wrong kind of message and that hasn’t changed one iota. She is real and keeps it that way consistently, the bright lights of the big city don’t seduce her. She has come from very little and will not be forgetting her roots, as she understands everything which has led her to the point she is at now.
I have attempted to speculate what it must be like preparing to fight with Ronda Rousey and the one word which repeatedly ricochets back to me is, terrifying. Stunning from top to toe she may be but, in the ring, she cuts a truly invulnerable figure. She imposes herself on every single fight from the offset and traditionally one round has, more often than not, been more than enough to subject her hapless opponents to total submission. Not only that but I know few male combatants who would desire to share a ring with her as she would, no doubt, be just as unsurpassable regardless of gender. Watching her and Diane Foster together was akin to overlooking two proud lionesses in their respective fields and that is something we can all take inspiration from, whether horror or MMA is our bag. Both really ought to be.
You want multiple facets well then try this on for size. Rousey is starring alongside Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Willis, Statham, Banderas, Li, Lundgren, Gibson and Ford in The Expendables 3, which is releasing August 14th, as well as the upcoming Entourage movie and Fast & Furious 7 showing yet another arrow in her already extensive quill. Y’all already know she is going to eat the screen up as she will no doubt excel in anything she puts her heart into, much in the manner Schwarzenegger did when he dominated body building, then film, then politics in turn. This is the kind of deal we’re speaking of here, a truly great champion to stimulate, educate and annihilate. She will fight in the Octagon again soon enough, that much is pre-destined as she has the entire package, plus change.
“Rowdy Ronda” Rousey is an enigma, I implore you to watch her fights for numerous displays of one-sided battery and domination the likes of which have never been seen in MMA. The stakes were already rising when she entered the fray and the sport was gaining wider exposure. However, it is Ronda who is the unassailable amazonian warrior who rules the fortress and, by the looks of it, it will be a long illustrious career and the craziest of rides to boot. Keeper, for one, will not miss one solitary moment.