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Old 08-20-2012, 11:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The next Ronda Rousey???

So Ronda Rousey is an Olympic Bronze medallist in Judo and this is obviously a large part of her success in MMA. So is Kayla Harrisson who just won GOLD in the London 2012 Olympics going to follow suit and cross over to MMA and become another dominant force with her Judo base?
I read somewhere that the two ladies are friends so it seems likely the Kayla may follow Ronda into MMA and make some money as Judo is not exactly financially rewarding. She would weigh in at around 170 pounds so i doubt the two would ever face each but might come to dominate two weight classes.
I'm excited to for her arrival if it happens!

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Old 08-20-2012, 06:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Interdasting. So is she going to have to do some crazy dieting to make the current weight classes?
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Apparently there are weight classes she could fight in, although it seems Strikeforce currently only signs fighters for the lighter classes. I'm sure that they will start bringing us more womens weight classes as talent pool widens and demand grows. With a former Olympic GOLD medallist perhaps coming into the sport, I'm sure the interest to see her fight would warrant getting her some opponents and staging fights at a higher weight class.

I imagine she could probably cut a fair bit of weight from what she currently competes in Judo at (58kg) but 145 would probably be too big a cut wouldn't it?

Here is some info I got from another site...

"Many people know there are weight classes for male fighters - but few realize female MMA fighters also are required to abide by a preset weight class standard. According to the Mixed Martial Arts Referee Handbook mixed martial artists are divided into the following classes for women (note that these weight classes were never ratified into the MMA Unified Rules of Conduct):

• Flyweight – 95 lbs. and below.
• Bantamweight – 95.1-105 lbs.
• Featherweight – 105.1-115 lbs.
• Lightweight – 115.1-125 lbs.
• Welterweight – 125.1-135 lbs.
• Middleweight – 135.1-145 lbs.
• Light Heavyweight – 145.1-155 lbs.
• Cruiserweight – 155.1-165 lbs.
• Heavyweight – 165.1-185 lbs.
• Super Heavyweight – 185.1 and above.

Editor's Note: Most promotions no longer make any distinction between the names and weights of the men's and women's divisions. See their respective rankings:
• Featherweight (145)
• Bantamweight (135)
• Super Flyweight (125)
• Flyweight (115)
• Strawweight (106)
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Well there is always a Cyborg fight.
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Old 08-20-2012, 09:22 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Fantastic news. I believe Ronda has opened a lot of doors for WMMA and all these women are starting to take notice. Say what you say about her personality, she's helping this sport a lot.
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