Rousey: He doesn't fight to defeat his opponents
From her thoughts on "Cyborg" Santos to her opinions on sex before a fight, Ronda Rousey has never shied away from letting her feelings known. Now the first UFC women's champion is sounding off on welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, and what she calls his boring style.
In an interview with Doug Elfman of the Las Vegas Review, the rowdy one elaborated on her feelings of GSP:
"I respect Georges St. Pierre as a businessman and an athlete," Rousey says. "I don't have anything against him personally. But he's not the kind of fighter I like watching. He fights to win matches. He doesn't fight to defeat his opponents."
"I lost a lot of judo matches because of points fighters. It was extremely frustrating for me. And when I see that same style being played out in a different sport, it brings out the same reaction in me."
"Rush", who is no stranger to critics of his style, has stated that one of his goals going forward as a fighter was to finish more opponents. The last time GSP actually finished a fight was back in January of 2009, at UFC 94 when he defeated B.J. Penn by corner stoppage. Since that fight he has fought five times, winning all of them by unanimous decision. Rousey on the other hand has become one of the most exciting fighters in all of the sport, quickly disposing of all six opponents she has faced by armbar.
Rousey also went on to note that GSP owes much of his success to being a attractive and Canadian:
"Everybody keeps coming up to me and saying, 'Oh, do you think if you didn't look such a way, people would like you so much?' "I'm like, 'Dude, if GSP was butt ugly, you wouldn't want to know who he is so much."
"I think he lucked out a lot that he's Canadian. I love Canadians. They are the coolest, nicest, most patriotic people, and they will support their countrymen no matter what, and I think that's commendable.
"But if GSP wasn't really good-looking, and really Canadian, he would be really unknown."
The coming months could prove to be quite interesting for both fighters. Rousey will look to continue to make history when she headlines UFC 157 against Liz Carmouche for the women's bantamweight championship. GSP is set to defend the welterweight championship Rousey's friend and training partner Nick Diaz at UFC 158.
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