Kayla Harrison and Ronda Rousey have always been two components of fantastic comparisons in the world of MMA. Both are Olympic judokas and Kayla Harrison’s arrival in MMA has inevitably led to comparisons with one of the pioneers of women’s MMA, Ronda Rousey.
Although the days of comparison are now a thing of the past, Rousey’s name still pops up frequently when Kayla Harrison speaks to the media. This is what happened in a recent interview with Combate.com.
Kayla Harrison was asked how her fighting style inside the MMA ring is different from that of Ronda Rousey. In response, Harrison said:
âFrankly, I’m not that spectacular. I’m a smart, slow and methodical fighter, I’m going to tire you out and break you and do ground and pound until I see a submission or I’ll keep beating you. a lot of people, I’m probably not that hot, because I don’t do crazy flying armbands or something! But my goal is to win and be the best, not to be celebrating, grabbing attention or taking the sport (up). She’s done this hard work before, now my job is just to win and keep getting better. ” [Quotes from Combate.com, originally in Portugese. Translated via Google Translate]
Ronda Rousey’s explosive and dynamic submissions inside the Octagon generally caught her opponents off guard. However, the difference in explosiveness could also arise because Kayla Harrison fights two weight classes above Ronda Rousey’s division when she was in the UFC. While Rousey has remained in the 135-pound division for most of her career, Kayla Harrison competes as a 155-pounder in the PFL.
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Kayla Harrison is glad people have finally ditched comparisons to Ronda Rousey
The interview reached a point where it became clear that previous comparisons to Ronda Rousey were ultimately cut short.
When asked what she thought of comparisons to “Rowdy” ultimately out of her life, Kayla Harrison said:
“People moved on. Ronda moved on with her life, she is no longer involved in MMA. She will always be a part of MMA history, especially among women, but besides being two blonde judokas. We’re very, very different. People are finally noticing this. “
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