With her Strikeforce title defense against Sarah Kaufman coming up this weekend, Ronda Rousey’s latest bit of fight-hype was so violently over-the-top that it made Frank Mir look downright sportsmanlike in comparison. Here’s what Rowdy told reporters during yesterday’s Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman press conference:
“Sarah Kaufman should be thanking her lucky stars that MMA is properly regulated in California. I respect her so much that I’m not taking any chances: If i get her in an armbar I’m going to try and rip it off and throw it at her corner, if I get her in a choke I’m going to hold it until she’s actually dead. And if I get a knockout I’m going to actually try and pound her face into the ground. She’s relying on the competence of the California athletic commission to walk out of that cage alive. That has nothing to do with whether I like her or respect her, she seems like a nice chick, but I go into every fight like my little sister’s life is depending on it. And in that kind of situation, no one can ever beat me.”
Wow. If this fighting thing doesn’t work out, Ronda might have a future as an artist signed to Psychopathic Records. Luckily, Kaufman was relatively cool and insightful about the whole thing, saying:
“She’s gonna try and kill me, which is kinda mean, but that’s alright….That’s great, it’s a fight. And that’s what you wanna do, you don’t want to come in and play patty-cake, that’s not what we’re here for. We’re here to show up and do everything we possibly can to win. I mean, hopefully no one dies in the process, but again, it’s a fight and anything can happen. So it’s great, it gets people excited, and people want to see two athletes showing up and fighting, and not just trying to out-score the other person. They want to see someone decisively finish a fight.”
Be sure to catch CagePotato’s liveblog of the Rousey vs. Kaufman Showtime main card right here beginning at 10 p.m. ET this Saturday. If anybody dies, we’ll let you know as soon as it happens.