One outdated aspect of the Ultimate Fighting Championship presentation is when ring announcer Bruce Buffer introduces a fighter and mentions their discipline. That comes from the start of the sport where fighters represented mostly single disciplines. Now, to become a relevant top level fighter, you must be able to competently compete wherever the fight goes.
One of the best Mixed Martial Artist competing today, Ronda Rousey has stated that she has goals and aspirations that are much larger than the sport of MMA. Recently, she stated that she wants to become a world champion in boxing, professional wrestling, and jiu-jitsu. I believe two of those are attainable. Professional wrestling can be accomplished simply with a stroke of a pen. Boxing titles are controlled by organizations that are looking to cash in and finding one that would want to make money with Ronda wouldn’t be a hard feat.
Now with jiu-jitsu, it becomes difficult. World Champion is a term that isn’t easily defined, but the 2 most desired championships are the IBJFF World Championships (gi) and ADCC (no gi). This is where the cream of the crop display their skills in a multi-day tournament format to crown the champion. The best prepare for the grueling task by competing in specific jiu-jitsu training camps against other world champion caliber athletes. This is what separates this goal from the other two.
Let’s discuss the reality of Ronda’s dreams.
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