Ronda Rousey - the first American woman to medal in judo
at the Summer Olympics - is widely regarded as the best pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world. She has won all six of her professional fights - all but one of them in less than a minute - using a trademark armbar that is usually described as "devastating"
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posted by Egg Shen
on Nov 10, 2012 -
Last week, Pride Fighting Championships
had their American debut in Las Vegas. Pride FC is a Mixed Martial Arts organization from Japan that boasts a lineup of fighters arguably superior to those of other MMA groups. Their heavyweight champion for example, Fedor Emelianenko
, is considered the best MMA fighter ever by most fight commentators. They are famous for their operatic production values
, regularly filling out 30-60,000 seat arenas in Japan.
However, many in MMA circles assert that their product is "too foreign"
for the US, and that they need to "Americanize"
their product for the mass market. Is this true? Given the popularity of video games
in the US, they might not have to change all that much.
posted by ishmael
on Oct 25, 2006 -