Ronda Rousey is generating plenty of attention ahead of her Strikeforce bantamweight title defense Saturday, but challenger Sarah Kaufman believes people may be overlooking her ability to take the champion’s belt.

“They’re forgetting that I had the Strikeforce title,” Kaufman told the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show. “They’re almost looking at it like, oh, I have no fights and I’m just some scrub who’s getting put in the cage and I’m going to get killed in five seconds. You know, Ronda’s only had five fights. Looking at that, on paper you would think that I would actually have the advantage, but people are clearly on the Ronda hype train, and hype really changes how people perceive fights.”

Rousey’s ascent in MMA has certainly been a rapid one. A bronze medalist in judo at the 2008 Olympics, she became a Strikeforce champion after just five professional fights when she submitted Miesha Tate in March. Her media rounds ahead of her first defense have included a photo shoot for ESPN the Magazine’s The Body Issue and an appearance on Conan O’Brien’s late-night talk show on TBS.

“Ronda has done, and been able to do, a lot of really good things when it comes to extra media and things that get people talking,” Kaufman said. “ESPN Body Issue and ringing the bell [at the New York Stock Exchange] -- there’s just a lot of things happening that should get coverage, and I’m glad they have gotten coverage.”

Meanwhile Kaufman has been overshadowed, though. She might spark more attention if she were willing to spar verbally with the outspoken Rousey, but that’s not her style.

“I’m trying to hype the fight in a way that I deem appropriate for myself,” Kaufman said. “I’m not going to make something up or get caught in a word battle because that’s how I think a fight has to be hyped. There’s so many ways to hype a fight. I’m really looking at this as I’m coming back. I’m the former champion, lost my one fight. I’ve made my way back. Ronda got kind of a gift in stepping over me and got the title fight with Miesha. She won the title, and now I want to win it back. To me, that’s an interesting story and it’s an exciting story for fans to follow. I don’t think there needs to be verbal trash talk and bashing each other personally or as athletes to make this fight exciting or make people want to watch it.”

Kaufman is complimentary of Rousey, praising her composure, her competitiveness, and her submission ability. At the same time, however, Kaufman doesn’t think Rousey has fought strong opposition outside of Tate.

“I don’t necessarily consider those wins to be nearly as substantial as beating Miesha, who is definitely a better opponent, but Miesha’s beatable,” said Kaufman, who outpointed Tate in May 2009. “She’s been beaten three times. I fought Miesha. Again, it’s a great win against a well-known and well-respected fighter, but Miesha’s just not on the same level as I am in different areas that I think will counter Ronda’s ability to have her game go her way.”

In Kaufman’s view, Tate either used a poor game plan against Rousey or let her emotions affect her -- and still had some early success in the fight before getting submitted. Kaufman’s confident she can capitalize in ways that Tate could not.

“If people want to kind of overlook me and think that I’m just going to get stepped on really fast, that’s great for me because I’m considered an underdog and who doesn’t like being an underdog?” Kaufman said. “When you win, it’s that much better.”

Listen to the full interview (beginning at 1:58:35).

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

John Moraga on UFC 187 opponent Joseph Benavidez: 'He has holes everywhere'

  • 4 days ago
  • 0 views

Joseph Benavidez has plenty of holes to be exploited, according to John Moraga ahead of their UFC 187 meeting tonight.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Rousey "My Fight, Your Fight" Book Review

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 views

Ronda Rousey wants to grab our attention and command it, much like she grasps her opponents in the Octagon and quickly subdues, then destroys them. read news >>

Stephanie McMahon says she doesn't know if anything will happen with Ronda Rousey in WWE

  • 25 days ago
  • 6 views

After Dana White seemed to nix the idea of Ronda Rousey appearing again with WWE last week, Stephanie McMahon, the company's Chief Brand Officer behind-the-scenes and nastiest heel on the stage, was read news >>

Here we go again: 'Cyborg' beckons UFC champ Ronda Rousey to fight at 140 pounds

  • 25 days ago
  • 24 views

It seems like we’ve been down this road before, no? But once again on Friday, Cristiane Justino urged Ronda Rousey to move up from bantamweight to fight her at 140 poundsFiled under: News, UFC read news >>

Cristiane 'Cyborg' Justino makes a plea to fight Ronda Rousey at 140 pounds

  • 26 days ago
  • 97 views

Though she's not yet in the UFC, Cristiane Justino is definitely on the UFC radar. And several years after her and women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey simultaneously held gold in Strikeforce, read news >>

Video: 'It's Time!' to hear Manny Pacquiao announce UFC champ Ronda Rousey alongside Bruce Buffer

  • 26 days ago
  • 32 views

Manny Pacquiao is a man of many talents, and may just be adding ring announcer to his resume whenever he decides to hang up his gloves. The world champion pugilist joined Ultimate Fighting Championsh read news >>

UFC: Big month ahead for Kiwi fighters

  • 28 days ago
  • 0 views

UFC: Big month ahead for Kiwi fighters By Daniel Richardson read news >>

Making the Case for Ronda Rousey as the Pound-for-Pound Best in MMA

  • 27 days ago
  • 2 views

Over the past few years, only Jon Jones and Jose Aldo have been nearly as dominant over their divisions in the UFC as Ronda Rousey has. Despite recent off-the-Octagon issues, Jones is still undeniabl read news >>

Mark Munoz sells Reign Training Center ahead of retirement fight at UFC Fight Night 66

  • 28 days ago
  • 5 views

After deciding that his next fight -- which will be against Luke Barnatt at UFC Fight Night 66 on May 23, 2015 in Manila, Philippines -- would be his last, Mark Munoz took another step in his process read news >>