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.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Is Miesha Tate ducking Ronda Rousey?
I'm sure you have all heard about this big debate between Ronda Rousey and Strikeforce 135lb Champion Miesha Tate. Ronda said a couple of weeks ago that she planned to drop to 135 and she wants a title shot. When I told her that Sarah Kaufman was promised the next title shot, Ronda offered to fight Sarah for the title shot. She thinks a fight against Miesha is more marketable because of Miesha's sex appeal. Ronda says "everyone wants to watch two hot chicks fight each other". First of all, I think Sarah should get the promised title shot. But other than that, the whole reaction to this has been laughable. I like Sarah Kaufman. I interviewed her two years ago before anyone knew who she was. But there's no way of getting around that Miesha Tate has sex appeal that Sarah doesn't have. Ronda isn't talking about fighting ability. She's talking about sizzle. Like it or not, sex appeal has always been a part of women's MMA and it will always be a part of women's MMA. And then Miesha accuses Ronda of using her sex appeal to get what she wants. Ronda says "So what". At least Ronda hasn't posed in Maxim yet. Of course Miesha is hypocritical because as you can see by the above pic that appeared in the June 2009 issue of Fight Magazine, she uses sex appeal when it suits her. Of course the other argument is that Ronda has only won four fights and has never fought at 135 before. Those folks have forgotten that Marloes Coenen was given a 135lb title shot despite the fact that she never fought before at 135. So there is a precedent. Last Saturday, Miesha said on Twitter that Ronda should have to beat two 135lb fighters before getting a title shot. Psst, Miesha. Just between you and me, that's called ducking. It's just a dumb thing for her to say. Ronda hasn't just won all her fights, she smoked her opponents in less than a minute. I was also asked if she could make 135. Ronda demonstrated her discipline by competing in judo tournaments as a teen and winning a Bronze medal in the 2008 Olympics. Nothing in MMA will be harder than that. I don't know if there are any fighters who can handle Ronda's quickness. She has the quickness and the imagination of Megumi Fujii but weighs 30 pounds heavier. Think about that. That's hard to defend. Just because you know what Ronda will do doesn't mean she can be stopped. So I don't know what Strikeforce will do. They may think this fight will be good for business. Or they may keep their promise to Sarah Kaufman. The only thing I do know is that Ronda Rousey has got people talking about women's MMA. That's a good thing. The complaints about Ronda's etiquette are ludicrous.