Welcome to Frank Pozen's Big Bad Blog. A lot of folks have been asking me to update them about my recovery. So I thought I would start a blog primarily to do that but also to talk about other topics of interest including the wrestling business and whatever else I can think of. I plan to update this on a regular basis so check back and leave a comment if you wish.
Monday, July 04, 2011
Ronda Rousey vs Sarah D'Alelio added to main card of Aug. 12 Strikeforce show
So when Gina Carano dropped out of her fight a couple of weeks ago, Strikeforce attempted to bring in Ronda Rousey to replace her. She was already committed to another fight which she won easily. Now she has replaced Gina as Sarah D'Alelio's opponent. It was originally booked for the July 30 undercard but has now been moved to the main card of the August 12 Strikeforce Challengers show in Las Vegas. So what's the big deal about Ronda Rousey? She has had a total of five amateur and professional MMA matches with a combined total elapsed time of less than three minutes and won them all by armbar submission. Her background is judo. She won a Bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic Games and won the Gold medal at the 2007 Pan Am Games. She is trained by Armenian judo guru Gokor Chivichyan at Team Hayastan in Santa Monica, CA. And I understand the legendary Judo Gene LeBell teaches there too. So obviously we know she can take opponents down. Many fans have asked what she will be like when gets hit in the face. That's not even the right question. The question is can anyone match her quickness. As an amateur, Ronda beat Taylor Stratford in 24 seconds. Taylor is no scrub. And though I think Sarah is an upgrade over Ronda's previous pro opponents, I doubt she has the quickness to handle Ronda. And until someone can neutralize that quickness, she won't need to exchange punches. Of course her likely destiny is a fight against Cris Cyborg. But of course as you already know, Cris' Strikeforce contract expired recently. I expect Strikeforce to re-sign her when they need to. She will fight in Brazil in August. I've heard half a dozen rumours already and they all seem like baloney. Remember Strikeforce can beat any significant offers if they want to. And one of the rumours I heard won't happen for that reason. Others just seem like people are making stuff up. Just take all those rumours with a grain of salt. If certain companies got serious, Zuffa would throw enough cash at Cris to make them go away. This could get more interesting after Ronda Rousey makes her Strikeforce debut.