Ronda “Rowdy” Rousey follows unbeatable in the female bantamweight UFC event, chaired by Dana White. On the last weekend in Las Vegas at UFC 175, a black belt in Jiu-Jitsu and judo used only 16 seconds to knock out Alexis Davis and maintain the most coveted belt on the planet. It was the fastest win in the career of the student of the Gracie brothers, Rener and Ryron.
To better understand what happened in the female fighting, GRACIEMAG spoke with Jiu-Jitsu world champion Caio Terra, who was part of the preparation of Alexis to duel against the champion.
GRACIEMAG: Caio, in your opinion, what went wrong in the Alexis Davis fight?
Caio Terra: The fight was very fast, so it’s hard to say what Alexis missed. Sometimes a small mistake is fatal in a fight. But others believe that Alexis shortened the distance hoping that Ronda was going to clinch and take the fight to the ground, but Ronda exchanged punches and took the best standing up. When Alexis went down she was passed out on the ground, even Ronda said that. Alexis did not know that the fight had gone to the ground.
What did you talked to her after the fight?
She apologized, was shocked with what had happened. But unfortunately it is something that can happen to anyone. All we humans are prone to make mistakes and sometimes one mistake in a second can change your destiny. If you do not enter a fight at 100% and your opponent comes in hot, the chances of you falling are quite large. Most importantly, she is a warrior and cannot wait to be able to enter the Octagon again and prove she deserves another chance.
Caio, you can see some loophole in Ronda Rousey’s game?
Ronda is a great champion and undoubtedly will not be easy to defeat her. But I believe, yes, that is possible and I think it is important to be prepared for when the time come
s to take benefit. She, like all of us fighters or some other martial arts, we are always evolving, just keep looking for the proper evolution and believe it is possible.
What is your analysis for the main fight of UFC 175, Chris Weidman vs. Lyoto Machida?
They are two great fighters. Actually I saw the fight, but did not pay much attention because I ended up going to the locker room to talk to Alexis, and I could only see on TV. But from what I saw, I thought Weidman fought the first three rounds and then wanted to manage without many risks, which almost cost him the fight. Lyoto took a little more time to start taking risks, but when he decided to shorten his distance a little he had some opportunities to have ended the fight.