Today Ronda Rousey is fighting Holly Holm. It is an interesting concept because if you had of asked me if I would ever watch two females fight a few years ago the answer would have been no.
You can’t help but respect what Rousey has done for the sport. She has broken through arguably one of the most male dominated sports and is now the face of the UFC.
But this accomplishment wasn’t through luck, she put in the hard yards and has become the champion of her sport with an undefeated record. But she didn’t just coast through those wins she won convincingly against Alexis Davis knocking her out in 16 seconds of the first round.
I did lose a little bit of respect from Rousey in the lead up to the fight when she went running up to Holms and got all in her face which triggered a response. Are they the actions of a champion? If Youtube has taught us anything they are the actions of the little runts that love to run their mouths while the composed fighter bides their time and gets their revenge where it counts, in the ring.
I will be watching the fight today at the local pub with my best mate with the hope of seeing two people at the peak of their sport going at it. Rousey has already rubbished claims the sport is too violent for children to attend which is a whole different argument in itself but anyone who says that Rousey shouldn’t be a role model for young girls is kidding themselves.
She is strong, independent and doesn’t conform to the traditional expectations that she is surrounded by and if those traits are a positive influence on younger girls then I don’t know what is.
Anything is possible if you are willing to break out of those traditional ways that society has paved for you. The only issue is you have to be mentally strong enough to recognise that they are and how to break the trend. That is when you truly start creating your own path.