Undisputed: Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey

 

After beating Bethe Correia last night with an impressive 34 second KO, Ronda Rousey has solidified herself as one of the best mixed martial artists in the world. Twelve opponents have entered the octagon against Rousey, and twelve opponents have exited the octagon with a loss on their record. Rousey is just on a different level right now. Mentally and physically, Ronda is head and shoulders above the competition. Few people on this earth know what it is like to be a champion, and even fewer know how to even begin to come one. Ronda Rousey was born to be a champion, and she has proven this each and every single time that she enters the cage. Since starting out as a pure grappler (due to her judo background), Rousey has blossomed into a pure fighter, and has developed lighting fast hands in recent years. One would tend to think that Rousey has reached the pinnacle of her fighting career, but that is not the case. Rousey has only begun to enter the prime of her career, and she will only continue to get better each time she steps into the octagon.

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Who’s next for Ronda Rousey? Most people would say Cyborg, but if that fight ends up happening, Rousey will most likely dispose of her rather quickly. Right now is an exciting time for Rousey, and a really bad time for her opponents. Rousey’s dominance is equal to a young Mike Tyson: fast, powerful, and focused beyond belief. It will take a special athlete to dethrone Ronda from the throne, and if that day ever comes–it will truly be a memorable moment. But for the time being, Rousey is atop the MMA world, and we should all enjoy watching her dominate the women’s bantamweight division. With her mental toughness and physical prowess, Ronda Rousey will continue to thrive and improve upon her skill set for years to come, and that is bad news for her upcoming opponents.

Getting Out Of My Comfort Zone

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For quite some time now, I’ve been a fan of MMA. The conditioning, training, and strategy involved have piqued my interest over the years. Of course the first time you see a MMA event, you can’t help but to notice the blood and violence that gets displayed. It’s when you take the time to educate yourself about the sport, and talk to fighters that you gain a totally new perspective on the sport.

 

Reading about MMA and watching it was satisfying to me— until I had a realization: I should get  out of my comfort zone, and learn more about MMA by actually doing it. My favorite fighter George St. Pierre, is the welterweight champion in the UFC, and after learning more about George and his training, it became clearer to me that I should at least attempt to train. In his book, “The Way of the Fight” Georges describes how he got his start in MMA training, and how much he had to overcome. With his hard work ethic and determination, Georges St. Pierre transformed into one of the finest athletes the UFC has ever seen. The point I’m trying to make is not about thinking I can transform into a fighter, but to gain knowledge about the sport and experience the world of MMA.

 

It was a cold night (30 degrees to be exact) and I was on my way to my first MMA training session. Getting out of my vehicle, I walked up to the door of the gym, and proceeded to go inside. Stepping inside the gym was an explosion of activity in front of my eyes. Guys and girls gearing up, stretching, light sparring, laughter, shaking hands, loud music, and me (taking it all in). To my right was the front desk, and I was greeted by a black belt in Hapkido. After filling out a waiver, I was given a tour of the gym and was introduced to several fighters. Putting on boxing gloves, it was time to work out. First up was cardio, and it was the most exhilarating feeling I’ve had in a while. Standing in line, then sprinting to the punching bag and throwing a series of combinations, and sprinting back— completing more exercises was grueling. During that workout, I smiled to myself and was glad to be in such company with great athletes.

 

After cardio, the real training began: drills. This part was tough to grasp at first, but after getting some instruction I started to nail down some combinations. The constant sound of 1-2-1, 1-2-3, and 3-2-3 was heard throughout the gym. Next I received instruction on how to put it all together and add some kicks. Working on the bag, a professional fighter taught me the basics of combinations and how to properly throw punches and kicks.

 

The training session got even more intense after that, and it involved sparring. For my safety, I was not allowed to spar whatsoever. My instructor wanted me to observe, and learn just by watching. Surveying the fighters, I picked out (in my mind) the best fighters, and watched them with exquisite detail. It’s amazing what you can learn just by watching something, and I definitely picked up on some things.

 

The home stretch was grappling, and I was eager to learn this aspect of MMA. Typically in a MMA fight, the fight might go down to the ground and that’s where you will see a complete fighter, as opposed to someone that’s not. In MMA, it’s absolutely crucial that you learn the ground game and learn how to defend yourself if the situation comes up in a fight. Getting to learn various moves was such a thrill, and getting instruction from a seasoned wrestler was the icing on the cake. The last part of the training session was getting to grapple with a fighter.  Grappling was definitely the highlight of the night for me, and being able to escape a few times was exciting as well. When the final buzzer sounded, I was exhausted beyond belief. Talking to my instructor afterwards, he expressed to me that from what he could see,  I was doing a great job for a first timer. Thanking him for his kind words, I told him I loved every minute of it and that I would return. Walking out of the gym, I felt a sense of accomplishment and was glad that instead of thinking negative and downing myself, I challenged myself and got out of my comfort zone.

The Psychology Of A Champion: Georges St. Pierre

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What makes someone a champion? There are so many answers, and not everybody will agree on what makes someone a champion. However, there is no doubt that everybody will agree that GSP(Georges St. Pierre) is the definition of a champion.

GSP was not born a champion. Growing up, he was often bullied, made fun of, and had very few friends. When he discovered Karate: everything changed. From that point on, GSP, had a burning desire. And that desire was learning. Karate was the first step in GSP’s journey to becoming a champion. GSP earned his first black belt in karate, at just 12 years old.

Fast forward to age 19. This is the pivotal age where GSP commits his life to excellence in the octagon. Seeking out coaches and mentors, GSP was like a sponge: soaking up as much knowledge as he possibly could. In training and in the octagon, he failed; a lot. But with each training and sparring session, he improved. With his relentless hard work ethic, GSP quickly became a well rounded MMA (mixed martial artist) fighter. Everything GSP does is very calculated. From his diet, training regimen, coaches, mentors, etc. He leaves no stone unturned, and it shows in everything that he does in-and outside the octagon.

Becoming a champion at UFC 65, GSP was on a path to greatness. That greatness was stopped shortly, after losing the belt to Matt Serra, at UFC 69. They would both meet again in UFC 83, and GSP once again, captured the title, and has not lost a fight to date.

So now that you know a little bit about GSP, the question will undoubtedly come up: what makes him (GSP) a champion? A thirst for knowledge, for starters. GSP explains how he looks at his life. He calls it “having a white belt mentality.” A white belt is where you start off in any martial art. It’s a stepping stone: learning phase, if you will. In having a white belt mentality, GSP learns from anybody. If he feels it will help him in any way, he will apply it to his skill set.

What can we learn from one of the best in the MMA world? To adopt the white belt mentality, and constantly learn from others. If you start implementing this in your life, you will look at everything differently. New ideas might arise, or you might get inspired by learning from someone else.

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