Judokas spreading the way.
Ronda Rousey is getting ready to defend her UFC bantamweight belt once again.
The challenger this time is Alexis Davis, a Jiu-Jitsu black belt.
This prompted the champion to get a little bold in a recent interview for the Great MMA Debate podcast.
Rousey said: “One thing I couldn’t stand when I was only coming into MMA from judo is all this people saying that the Jiu-Jitsu people would beat the judo fighters on the ground. It was such a stereotype. I still think that I can beat any BJJ girl in the world, gi or no gi, any weight division, black belt all the way in any rule setting.”
Ronda explained her statement: “People think that most judo fighters have no ground skills, but the truth is that we have so little time to get a submission on the ground that it takes so much more skill to do it. I remember olympic bronze medalist from Brazil, Flavio Canto, who was said to have one of the best ground games in judo. I felt that he could win a world championship in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I feel that judo fighters that are good on the ground never really got the respect they deserved.”
Rousey returned to the topic of her next fight: “Fighting Alexis, the kind of person that people always said would beat me easily on the ground, will be great to prove a point.”
Ronda Rousey faces Alexis Davies in the co-main event of UFC 175, next July 5, in Las Vegas.
The Jiu-Jitsu community reacted quickly to Ronda Rousey’s statement saying that she would beat any women in BJJ in any setting of rules.
The UFC bantamweight champion is getting ready to fight Alexis Davis, a Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Cesar Gracie.
Michelle Nicolini, the 2014 featherweight World champion, was the first to respond to Ronda: “She was quite disrespectful. Not even the best Jiu-Jitsu competitors would say something like that. No one is unbeatable. I would fight her and would do my best to represent all women in Jiu-Jitsu that felt bothered with her comment. If she is that good, she should register for the Worlds. Talk is cheap when you never show up.”
Beatriz Mesquita, the 2014 lightweight and open class world champion, also weighed in on the matter: “First of all she is dead wrong, I don’t think she can beat any of the current black belt world champions. The skill level is so high, and all she knows is that armlock.
She is a great judo fighter, but in a Jiu-Jitsu match all you have to do is pull guard and her judo is done. I’d love to be in a fight with her, maybe the people at Metamoris would like to promote a match like that. Jiu-Jitsu is much more than an armlock, It’s a lifestyle.”
Two-time open class world champion and already training for her MMA debut in August, Gabi Garcia was in disbelief with Ronda’s words: “I rather believe she didn’t know what she was saying. It’s not possible for someone to display such a lack of humbleness. She disrespected Jiu-Jitsu as a whole. The first quality of a champion is to be humble and to respect others. As my Professior Fabio Gurgel said, I’m ready and at her disposal to fight her under any rules, with or without gi.”
Seven-time world champion Hannette Staack also shared her thoughts on Ronda’s comments: “Personally, I think Ronda has no idea of what she is talking about. I’m sure she would think twice before accepting any challenge from a BJJ champion. I would love to have the chance to change the way she thinks about us. I’m sure she says that to get people’s attention, once not even the fight against Cris Cyborg she agreed to. I would fight her under Jiu-Jitsu rules or even Metamoris rules [20 minutes, submission only]. Judo is a wonderful sport that has all my respect, but when you are a specialist in something, like we are in Jiu-Jitsu, things get a lot more complicated. I don’t doubt she would be a very tough opponent, but that’s our field and we demand respect.”
Luiza Monteiro, 2012 open class and lightweight silver medalist at the Worlds, also did not like Ronda’s statement: “Is she a BJJ black belt by any chance? She showed a lot of disrespect towards all black belts in Jiu-Jitsu. If she thinks that she can beat us, why doesn’t she register for the Worlds. I would love to fight her. I’m sure it would be a great fight.”
Gezary Matsuda, the 2014 light-featherweight world champion, kept her good sense of humor: “Arm for an arm, I have my own collection against great fighters, all of those I respect a great deal. I would love to give her the welcome to Jiu-Jitsu.”
Monique Elias, recently promoted to the black belt after dominating the brown belt division at the 2014 Worlds, also has something to say to Ronda: “She did it only for promotion. She can’t say that once she never fought any of us. She has fought a lot of girls who train Jiu-Jitsu for MMA, which is a lot different than training for competition Jiu-Jitsu. Once I saw her defending a rear naked choke against Liz Carmouche with a bite. I think she has no technique to pass a guard, for instance. I think it’s time for the UFC to put real Jiu-Jitsu fighters to face her and not only promotion stunts.”
Mackenzie Dern, one of the most active competitors in the black belt division, also shared her opinion: “It’s more a marketing thing! She always does things like that before her fights. The way she talks, it seems that she could defeat anyone of us whenever she wants. That’s just wrong and disrespectful. If she lost in the Olympics, that means another woman was better than her.
She has a lot to learn yet, including how to be more humble. I’m sure a lot of girls would love to fight her under Jiu-Jitsu rules. If the opportunity woud come up for me to fight her, would be a great match. I think she wouldn’t be able to handle my constant attacks. That never happens in her MMA fights.”
Ronda Rousey might have an opportunity to prove her point.
In a recent interview on The Great MMA Debate podcast, Rousey said "judo fighters that are good on the ground never really got the respect they deserved" and that she "can beat any BJJ girl in the world, gi or no-gi, any weight division, black belt all the way in any rule setting."
The current lightweight and open class jiu-jitsu world champion, Bia Mesquita heard her quotes and wants to challenge the UFC bantamweight champion.
"She’s completely wrong," Mesquita told MMAFighting.com. "She has no idea of what it's like to fight a jiu-jitsu world champion in the black belt division."
Mesquita weighs around 141 pounds during jiu-jitsu competition and was willing to move to MMA only for a chance to defeat Rousey.
"I already considered moving to MMA only to get her, but I don’t have to think about it anymore since she’s willing to compete in a jiu-jitsu match," she said. "I think she gets too much credit and is not even that good. Her striking is regular, and she has a lot to improve on the ground. It would be great to fight her and show what a real ground game and jiu-jitsu are."
Rousey (9-0, 8 submissions) takes on jiu-jitsu black belt Alexis Davis at UFC 175 on July 5, but another armbar finish won’t impress Mesquita. Competing against world-class grapplers is a different challenge, according to the Brazilian grappler.
"I think it would be tough for her to surprise me or any other world champion in the black belt," she said. "It’s a whole other technical level. It goes way beyond that armbar she does to girls that are inexperienced on the ground. But a fight is a fight, who knows what could happen."
Metamoris 4 will feature UFC stars Chael Sonnen and Josh Barnett on Aug. 9 in L.A., and Mesquita feels it’s the perfect platform for her challenge.
"It would be great if Metamoris could put up this challenge. Nobody would miss it," she said. "It would be an honor to represent the female jiu-jitsu (against Rousey). I would also stop this talk that she’s unbeatable."
"I would rather fight her with the gi, but I’m a three-time no-gi world champion in the brown/black belt," Mesquita added. "Whatever she wants, gi or no-gi, under Metamoris rules or any other rule, I’m ready to take this challenge and honor jiu-jitsu."