Yahoo! Sports boxing and mixed martial arts analyst Kevin Iole believes undefeated UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey should be one of the greatest of all time.
Kevin Iole believes Ronda Rousey is the greatest mixed martial artist of all time.
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Iole declared this after Rousey knocked out Bethe Correia after just 34 seconds in UFC 190 on Aug. 1, per Yahoo! Sports.
Rousey has knocked out her last three opponents in a combined 64 seconds.
Nonetheless, Rousey hasn't been in the conversation as the greatest ever, per Iole.
Iole says the lack of talent in Rousey's UFC bantamweight division is one of the impediments. Being a woman is the other.
Rousey debuted in the Olympics at age 17 and won an Olympic bronze medal four years later.
Iole stresses "she's physically matured and added to her vast repertoire of skills" since she became an MMA fighter.
Rousey has also improved her boxing skills tremendously, per Yahoo! Sports.
Not only that, her strength is something to behold.
Interim featherweight champion Conor McGregor swore by this in an interview with Sports Illustrated.
He said, "I swear on my life, her back muscles were the most solidest (sic) back muscles I've ever felt in my life."
Iole credits part of Rousey's greatness to her quickness. Her sensational win over Correia is proof of this.
Rousey told Correia not to cry afterward, per FOX Sports' Damon Martin:
"I said the exact same thing she was saying to me at the weigh-ins when she was screaming in my face at weigh-ins. She was saying, 'Don't cry.'
"So I turned around to her after I knocked her out and I said, 'Don't cry.'
"I consider the matter settled. I'm not going to have to think about her ever again after this day and I'm sure she'll have to think about me plenty. As far as I'm concerned, it's over and done with."
Rousey's stature now on the same level as Demian Maia, Fabricio Werdum and Rousimar Palhares, per Yahoo! Sports.
Rousey will next take on Miesha Tate. It will be their third match. Rousey won the first two by submission, per Iole.
Iole says Tate "has worked feverishly to transform her body and to get into superior condition." However, her unanimous decision win over Jessica Eye on July 25 shows how far she is behind Rousey.
Iole believes there was no way Eye would have survived had Rousey, and not Tate, hit her.
Rousey has won seven straight fights since her first fight against Tate three years ago. Of those seven bouts, six did not go past the first round, per Iole.
Iole analyzes the best seven-match stretch of Fedor Emelianenko, Anderson Silva and Jon Jones. All three had their share of impressive streaks during their MMA careers.
In particular, Iole says Jones' quality of opposition is better than Rousey's. He still believes Rousey is the more dominant fighter.
Iole sees Rousey continuing her dominance. When she gets to fight Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino, Iole foresees a dominant Rousey win.
He ends his piece by saying Rousey's "the greatest there's been" who's "only getting better."
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