A fight that’s been more than a year in the making, Zingano is finally over the knee injury that caused the fight to be delayed in the first place. Just like Rousey, Zingano is undefeated and is touted by experts to be Rousey’s most difficult opponent so far. Should Rousey fans be worried?
Since Zingano’s injury, Rousey has defended the UFC Women’s Bantamweight title three times with knockout. On the other hand, Zingano just returned to the octagon in September for UFC 178 and ended the fight via TKO in the third round.
Although many believe that Rousey is facing her most formidable opponent yet, here’s why we think Ronda Rousey will continue her reign as the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion:
1) Rousey is the better athlete.
Rousey is not only an Olympian, but she has raw athletic ability. She is fast, explosive, and powerful. Her balance is uncanny. That in itself proves the kind of work ethic she has and how much of herself she puts in training for her fights. The fact that she’s spent her entire life honing her athletic skills translates well into her foray into MMA. She knows exactly what it’s like to devote your blood, sweat and tears into your sport in order to be the best. Not everyone has that.
2) Rousey has more relevant experience.
After defeating Miesha Tate in Strikeforce with an armbar, Rousey became the Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion, defending the title one more time before signing on to the UFC. Although Zingano has been fighting longer than Rousey, Rousey retains the championship headline experience that Zingano lacks.
3) Rousey’s striking is improving.
Statistics show that Rousey throws combinations much more frequently than Zingano. It also highlights the constant improvement in Rousey’s striking as she progresses in her career. This is also evident in Rousey’s last two fights, where she finished both via knockout.
4) Rousey is likely the better grappler.
According to Joe Rogan, Rousey’s Judo is probably the best in the entire UFC. Known for her powerful Judo takedowns that end in submissions, everyone knows that the fight is over once Rousey takes you to the ground. Although Zingano is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt and is well-versed in takedowns, she will likely not be able to defend Rousey’s takedowns. It is possible that Zingano will have a positional advantage on the ground if she secures a favorable position. For Zingano, whose forte is also grappling and takedowns, Rousey is a much more experienced grappler – she’s been working on that killer armbar since she was 11.
It’s undeniable that Zingano has her work cut out for her. She is known for taking her opponents to the ground and submitting them, but Rousey, unfortunately for Zingano, does it better. Will Zingano be able to pull off an upset? It looks like we’ll just have to wait and see.