When Women’s Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey steps into the octagon Saturday night to defend her title at UFC 175 she knows she’s fighting the most well-rounded opponent of her life in Alexis Davis.
“She’s definitely a much different kind of a puzzle,” Rousey told The Jim Rome Show. “Her coaching staff is amazing. I know all the tools she has are going to be used as intelligently as possible and definitely a very interesting puzzle in itself.”
Since Rousey is unbeaten, the natural question is – how would Rousey prepare to fight Rousey? She put herself in the shoes of someone preparing for her with the fight footage and training footage that is available.
“Since I fought Sara McMann at a tilt because she was a wrestler, I would expect them to be training a lot of left head kicks, to keep distance,” said Rousey. “I would expect them to train a lot of push kicks and anytime that I’d try to close distance, I’d expect Alexis to really risk elbows and just try to cut me when I come close. On the ground, I would expect they would just accept that they were going to be taken down and just need to work for position the second they hit the ground. Work more to be on top than to take your back all the time. So we will see if it works out for them, but I have a lot more surprises coming for them than they have for me.”
The 27-year-old said being the champion isn’t as glamorous or easy as her opponents think, but it’s something she’s grown accustomed to.
“They don’t understand how much work goes into it. It’s relatively easy to show up for one night, but the real stamina that it takes is not just winning a championship, but keeping it and defending one, that’s something entirely different,” said Rousey. “It’s such a different level of attention and pressure and workload that comes with championship fights as opposed to other ones. A lot of these other girls, they feel like they know it’s like every other fight. For me, it really is just like every other fight. I’ve had more title fights than non-title fights and it’s definitely completely different than any other kind of fight you could have.”